Women's Basketball Falls to No. 13 Georgia, 95-83
Jan. 10, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team fell Thursday evening to the No. 13 Georgia Lady Bulldogs 95-83, in Southeastern Conference play at Foster Auditorium. The loss drops the Crimson Tide to 10-6 on the season and 0-3 in conference play, while the Lady Bulldogs improve to 14-2 and 2-1 in SEC action.
"If we keep playing the way we are playing right now and playing the number of teams that we play that are very good, then our effort will pay off and we will win some SEC games," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "I thought we played well in the first half. Towards the end, they made the plays and we had the opportunity to make plays and make shots and we didn't take advantage of it. We've got to get over that hump. You've got to win the game to get over the hump."
Alabama was paced by sophomore guard Daisha Simmons tonight with 19 points and seven rebounds while redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn chipped in with a season-high 17 points. For Georgia, tonight's game saw a balanced scoring attack, with senior forward Jasmine Hassell leading the way with 21 points. In all, five Georgia players scored in double figures, including freshman guard Tiaria Griffin's career-high 20 points off the bench.
A back-and-forth first half, neither team saw a lead over six points, with Georgia taking a 42-37 lead into the halftime break. Coming out of halftime, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 16-7 run to ultimately seal Alabama's fate. The Crimson Tide showed fight throughout, but Georgia got hot at the right time, shooting 60.6 percent (20-33) in the second half. For the game, the Lady Bulldogs shot 56.3 percent (36-64).
The Crimson Tide continued the season trend of forcing the opponent into turnovers, turning the Lady Bulldogs over 21 times, but could not overcome Georgia's torrid scoring as the 95 points tonight for the Lady Bulldogs is a season high.
Alabama hits the road this weekend, heading to Oxford, Miss., to take on SEC foe Mississippi (7-9, 0-3 SEC) for a 1:30 p.m. CT tip at C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum this Sunday. The game will be televised by SportSouth.