Feb. 2, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team led for the majority of the game, but came up short in a 64-54 loss to No. 10/10 Tennessee on Sunday before a record crowd of 3,002 at Foster Auditorium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 10-12 overall and 3-6 in the Southeastern Conference, while the win lifts the Lady Volunteers to 18-4 on the season and 7-2 in league contests.
Alabama was led in scoring by junior Daisha Simmons with 18 points. Senior Shafontaye Myers also recorded double figures, as she chipped in 11 points. Junior Cierra Burdick led the way for Tennessee with a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Isabelle Harrison and senior Meighan Simmons both posted 11-point games.
Tied 4-4 three minutes into the game, Alabama would outscore Tennessee 16-4 over the next four and a half minutes on the strength of four three pointers. The Tide led by as many as 15 and took an eight-point lead into halftime, 26-18. In the process, Alabama's stout defense held Tennessee to its lowest first-half scoring since Feb. 24, 2013, at Arkansas when the Lady Vols scored 19 points.
Alabama would weather several Lady Vol charges early in the second half, but Tennessee kept chipping away. With just over seven minutes left in the game, Tennessee re-gained the lead 42-39 on a Burdick three-point attempt, marking the first UT lead since 18:30 left in the first half. The Lady Vols closed out the game on a 25-15 run.
For the game, Alabama shot 33.3 percent (19-57), connecting on 7-of-22 three-point attempts. Tennessee shot 41.2 percent (21-51) and went 7-for-19 behind the arc. The Lady Vols won the rebounding battle, 41-32. Alabama turned Tennessee over 16 times, leading to 16 UA points.
Next up, the Tide begins a two-game road stretch on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Missouri. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.
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