Jan. 27, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Senior Tierney Jenkins and freshman Kaneisha Horn combined for 35 points, but it was not enough as the women's basketball team fell 70-64 Thursday to Florida in the O'Connell Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide drops to 11-10 overall and 0-8 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Gators improve to 13-9 on the season and 3-5 against league opponents.
"We played hard and competed for 40 minutes today, which is something we have not been doing," Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson said. "Florida stepped up down the stretch and made the plays that helped them win."
Horn led Alabama in scoring with a career-high 21 points, while Jenkins followed with 14 points. Jenkins would collect a game-high 16 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season.
Florida got on top early before Alabama was able to jump in front with an 11-4 run that saw seven points from the hands of sophomore Celiscia Farmer. The Gators steadily chipped away at their deficit and eventually took the lead back at the 7:16 mark setting the score at 20-19. Throughout the rest of the half, there would be eight lead changes, but it would be an Ericka Russell drive to the hoop with two seconds remaining that put the Tide on top at the break 32-30.
Florida opened the second half with six unanswered points before Horn connected on a layup at 17:06. The Gators would score the next five to take a seven-point lead, their largest of the game to that point, with the score at 41-34. From there, Alabama was able to cut the Florida lead down to one with a layup from freshman Jasmine Robinson with 10:54 to go but would get no closer.
For the game, the Gators out-rebounded the Tide 52-41 and capitalized on the extra boards with 22 second chance points compared to Alabama's nine.
"The second-chance points really hurt us," Hudson added. "This game was all about the little things, and Florida did what they needed to do to get the win."
Next up, Alabama plays its final game in Coleman Coliseum before moving to Foster Auditorium when it hosts No. 17 Kentucky on Sunday, Jan. 27. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. CT.