Feb. 22, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
The women's basketball team dropped a close 74-69 decision at Arkansas on Sunday despite three players in double figures. With the loss, the Crimson Tide drops to 13-15 on the season and 1-12 in SEC play, while the Razorbacks improve to 17-11 overall and 6-7 in conference action.
"The effort from the team this afternoon was unbelievable, especially in the last 10 minutes" said head coach Wendell Hudson. "We had a few players out there that played a lot of minutes. I couldn't have asked for more from this team today."
Alabama was led offensively by sophomore Varisia Raffington with 19 points. Also scoring in double figures were juniors Dedrea Magee and Courtney Strauthers with 14 and 10, respectively. Magee also led the team in assists with seven, while sophomore Tierney Jenkins was the team's leading rebounder with eight boards.
Alabama got off to a solid start with a quick 6-1 run to open the first, but Arkansas responded with the next 10 straight to pull in front 11-6. The Razorbacks went scoreless over the next three minutes while the Tide put up six points, including a three from sophomore Katie Hancock, to take the lead back at 12-11. Arkansas made its way back in front on the next possession and took its largest lead of the half at the 6:04 mark when a Julie Inman three put the Razorbacks up by 10. Alabama was able to chip away at its deficit and headed into the locker room down seven with the score set at 36-29.
Arkansas built on its lead early in the second and went in front by as many as 11 before the Tide put together a 9-0 run to pull within two at 46-44. Again, the Razorbacks would respond and extended their advantage to 11 at the 8:21 mark. Alabama refused to back down and went on a 13-2 run to tie the game at 57-57 with 3:50 remaining. Just when Arkansas looked like it had the lead for good, the Tide cut it to one with 21 seconds left on the clock. After a quick foul and only one made free throw by the Razorbacks, Alabama had an opportunity to tie the game or take the lead with a three. Raffington threw up a wide-open three-pointer as the clock hit eight, but the shot rimmed out. Arkansas connected on 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to end the contest.
For the game, the Tide had 44 rebounds, including 24 on the offensive end.
Up next, Alabama will play its final game of the regular season Sunday, March 1 when it hosts Mississippi State. Tipoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. (CST).