Alabama Falls to No. 20 Georgia, 81-66

Meghan Perkins

Feb. 5, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Despite a close first half, Alabama (10-14, 0-10 SEC) fell to No. 20 Georgia (18-6, 7-4 SEC), 81-66, at Foster Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. The Crimson Tide had 16 offensive rebounds that led to 16 second-chance points and blocked five shots in the game.

"If you look at the stat line and take the shooting percentage out, you think that team won the basketball game," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "Then you add in the shooting percentage of 37 percent. Three-point shooting hasn't been very good with 23 percent there, but it's those two pointers that we are missing around the basket and the inside. Anytime you have those opportunities, and I thought we had a lot of opportunities to get some easy baskets, you have to get the ball up on the glass and give them a chance to go in. When that happened, we didn't convert. When you look at our shooting percentage, that's really the tale of the game."

Junior Jessica Merritt, who earned her second career start, scored the Tide's first two baskets, but Georgia jumped out to an early 10-4 lead. Despite getting down early, Alabama pulled ahead on a three-pointer by sophomore Shafontaye Myers at the 5:41 mark of the first half. Georgia then went on a 12-6 run to close out the half but a last second basket by junior Meghan Perkins pulled the Tide within five points. Alabama trailed 36-31 at halftime.

Alabama kept Georgia within their reach to start off the second half, but the Lady Bulldogs started to pull away halfway through the half and would lead by as many as 20 points. The Tide's 15 turnovers led to 11 Georgia points. The Tide was outscored 36-34 in the paint. The Lady Bulldogs also held in the edge at the free throw line, making 14 of 24, while Alabama went 9 for 13.

Alabama's leading scorers were Myers and Perkins, who had 16 points apiece. Sophomore Jasmine Robinson added 11 points for the Tide, while Merritt chipped in nine points. Perkins had eight rebounds to lead the Tide, while Robinson and junior Erin Hogue each grabbed five boards.

Georgia was led by junior Jasmine James and freshman Krista Donald, who each had 18 points. Sophomore Khaalidah Miller had 14 points and freshman Anne Marie Armstrong added 13 points. Donald and James also led the Lady Bulldogs in rebounding, grabbing nine and eight boards, respectively.

Next up, Alabama travels to Oxford for a rematch with Mississippi on February 9. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.