Feb. 14, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - The women's basketball team (10-15, 2-10 SEC) dropped a 76-47 decision Sunday to No. 18 Georgia (20-6, 7-6 SEC) at Stegeman Coliseum. The Lady Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent from beyond the arc scoring 36 of their 76 points from long range.
"Georgia did exactly what they needed to do to win this game," said head coach Wendell Hudson. "They played really well and made a lot of things happen. We were standing around watching them and really didn't play the game we needed to play. Georgia did a better job than we did getting to the loose balls as well."
The Crimson Tide was led in scoring by sophomore Ericka Russell with 13 points. Right behind Russell was junior Alyson Butler with 10 points, including nine from three-point range. Sophomore Carmen McCoy was Alabama's leading rebounder with eight boards. Georgia senior Ashley Houts finished with a game-best 24 points and was 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Georgia opened the game on a 10-0 run, six of which were scored from three-point range by Houts. Butler fired off a pair from long range herself on back-to-back possessions setting the score at 13-6 with 14:17 remaining in the half. Alabama would cut the lead to five at the 12:22 mark with a jumper from Russell, but solid three-point shooting and 10 steals by Georgia helped the Lady Bulldogs pull away from the Tide as the half progressed. Georgia's largest advantage of the half came at the 2:06 mark as Houts hit her fifth three-pointer putting her team up by 21. Alabama was able to knock the halftime lead down to 17 as the Tide finished the half on a 6-2 run.
Alabama scored the first four points of the second in under one minute, but yet again, the Lady Bulldogs would respond with a pair of threes for the 46-29 lead with 17:04 left on the clock. From that point on Georgia gradually built on its lead pulling in front by as many as 32 points in the game.
"I thought if we could settle in to start the second half we would be okay, but Georgia continued shooting well from three-point range," added Hudson. "We have to give them credit. They played well."
The Tide shot 32.2 percent in the game hitting 19-of-59 attempts from the floor, while the Lady Bulldogs were 27-of-70 in the game, good for 38.6 percent. Georgia out-rebounded Alabama 53-38 and collected 18 assists compared to the Tide's seven.
Next up, Alabama hosts No. 5 Tennessee for its Power of Pink game on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8:00 p.m. (CST). There will be several giveaways including a free hot dog and drink for every fan in attendance, Tuscaloosa Toyota Power of Pink T-shirts for the first 2,000 fans, a set of 2010 Alabama football season tickets, flat screen televisions, iPods, gift cards and more.