Jan. 13, 2011
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team dropped an 82-66 decision at the hands of the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday night in Coleman Coliseum. With the loss, the Crimson Tide now stands at 11-6 overall and 0-4 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while Vanderbilt improves to 12-5 on the season and 3-1 versus league foes.
Alabama senior forward Tierney Jenkins scored 15 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, notching her 12th double-double of the season. Junior guard Ericka Russell and sophomore guard Celiscia Farmer each scored 10 points apiece, while sophomore guard Erin Hogue added a career-high eight points.
"We've had better days," Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson said. "Vanderbilt did a really good job of running their offense and really pushing the ball down the floor, and we didn't do a very good job of getting back. That is the way they played, and we knew that was going to be the way they would play. There were no surprises. We talked to this team the last couple of days about competing, and I thought we competed for about 30 minutes, but we have to learn how to compete for 40 minutes."
Alabama matched the Commodores point-for-point for nearly the entire first half, but it was done in by a poor stretch to open the second half. A 14-1 Vanderbilt run, spanning the opening 6:04 of the second turned a 39-34 Commodore halftime advantage into a sizeable 53-35 lead.
Alabama missed its first 12 shots of the half, mustering one point at the free throw line. By the time Jenkins had nailed down her 35th career double-double at the 13:56 juncture, the Vanderbilt lead proved to be too much for Tide to overcome.
Alabama cut into the margin on three separate occasions over the remainder of the half, pulling within 15 points each time, but was not able to draw any closer.
The Tide lost a game for the first time all season when having three or more players reach the double-digit scoring column. Alabama had been 9-0 prior to Thursday's tilt.
"We have talked to the team and had some really good practices, and we are going to play whoever is going to play hard and compete. That is the bottom line," Hudson said. "We just have to get them in the best position that they can to be successful. We have some people that are stepping up and competing, and that is the good thing. All those freshmen are learning how to play and learning how to play in a tough league."
After both teams traded baskets to start the game, Alabama used an 8-2 run to take a 12-7 lead at the 13:15 mark of the first half. Jenkins and Horn led the way, combining for 10 of the Tide's 12 points.
Vanderbilt inched its way back, eventually taking a 21-17 lead at the 8:30 juncture before the Tide used an 11-4 run, spanning 4:38 of the half, to grab a 28-25 advantage. Jenkins, Russell and Farmer each contributed to the Alabama scoring run.
The Commodores would retake the lead, however, outscoring the Tide 14-6 over the final 3:52 for a 39-34 halftime lead.
Jenkins led Alabama with 11 points and eight rebounds in the first half, while Russell added eight points.
Next up, the Tide hosts Arkansas on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum.