Feb. 27, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -
The women's basketball team fell 70-65 in double overtime to Auburn on Thursday night at Auburn Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 13-15 overall and 6-9 in the Southeastern Conference, while the win lifts the Tigers to 16-12 on the season and 7-8 in league play.
Alabama led for the better part of regulation, but Auburn would shoot 42.9 percent in the second half to get back in the game. The Tide was led offensively by freshman Ashley Williams, who had a season-high tying 22 points in addition to six rebounds and two steals, while junior Daisha Simmons contributed 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists one block and one steal. Senior Tyrese Tanner led the way for the Tigers, scoring 26 points, 13 of which came in the second half, as well as 11 rebounds.
Neither team could get much going early offensively as both teams started 0-4 from the floor. Senior Shafontaye Myers would score a pair from the free throw line at the 17:55 mark, but Alabama's first basket did not come until 14:44 when Williams connected inside to tie the game at 4-4. The game would go back and forth until seven quick points gave the Tide a 16-10 advantage with 6:40 remaining in the half. Alabama would go on to outscore Auburn 15-8 to end the half and take a 31-18 lead into the locker room.
The Tide scored six of the first eight points of the second half to take a 17-point lead, its largest of the game, but Auburn would counter with a 14-4 run of its own over the next eight minutes. The Tigers continued to chip away at their deficit and eventually took the lead with 50 seconds to go in regulation. A free throw from Simmons with 44.1 to go tied the game at 51. Auburn was unable to convert on its next possession, and Alabama came down with the defensive rebound giving the Tide the ball back with the shot clock off. Simmons layup with two seconds left came off the rim, sending the game into overtime.
The Tigers would score the first points of the bonus period, but the Tide went on to take a four-point lead, 57-53, with 1:34 remaining. Again, the game went back and forth and would end tied at 57 after the first overtime.
In the second overtime, Alabama got in front by three early on, but Auburn would again tie it up with 3:14 to go when freshman Brandy Montgomery hit a three-pointer. There was one more tie and three more lead changes down the stretch, with the final coming at the 33 second mark when a jumper from junior Hasina Muhammad put the Tigers in front, 66-65. Montgomery then went 4-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal it for Auburn.
Next up, Alabama closes out the regular season at home against No. 23 LSU on Sunday, March 2. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. CT and will air live on SEC TV.
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