Women's Basketball Falls to LSU, 51-46

Meghan Perkins

Feb. 12, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama women's basketball team (11-15, 1-11 SEC) came up short in the final minutes of play against the LSU Lady Tigers (17-8, 7-5 SEC), losing by a score of 51-46, in the annual Power of Pink game, sponsored by Tuscaloosa Toyota, at Foster Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. The Crimson Tide's defense caused 18 LSU turnovers that led to 19 Alabama points.

"It was a great effort, and that's what I told the team," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "We played too hard not to play smart enough to win this one. If we hadn't missed free throws, the front ends of one-and-ones, when you have a three or four point game, all of that stuff matters. Everybody looks at the end of the game."

Junior Meghan Perkins scored Alabama's first two baskets as the Tide jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. The Tide's defense caused 10 LSU turnovers that led to eight Alabama points in the first half. The Tigers cut Alabama's lead to three at the 3:35 mark, but the Tide would score back-to back baskets to rebuild its lead. Alabama went into halftime up by five points, 27-22.

The Lady Tigers came out in the second half to cut into Alabama's lead and would tie the game on a pair of free throws at the 16:27 mark, but a three-point basket by sophomore guard Shafontaye Myers would put the Tide back on top. LSU tied the game again with 3:36 remaining. The score would remain tied for almost two minutes until a basket by LSU senior forward LaSondra Barrett with a minute and a half left in the game gave the Lady Tigers the lead, which they would keep for the rest of the game.

Perkins and Myers led Alabama in scoring, with 10 points apiece. Freshman forward Aneesah Daniels grabbed seven boards to lead the Tide in rebounding, while junior guard Jessica Merritt grabbed six boards.

LSU was led by Barrett, who had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Bianca Lutley added nine points for the Lady Tigers. Senior forward Courtney Jones also had 12 rebounds for LSU.

Next up, Alabama will host the Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday, Feb. 16. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.