March 2, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Shafontaye Myers
paced Alabama with 15 points on her Senior Day to lift the Crimson Tide over No. 23 LSU, 78-60, Sunday at Foster Auditorium. With the Crimson Tide's first win against LSU since the 2002 season, Alabama finishes out its regular season at 14-15, while the Tigers drop to 18-11. Both teams finishing at 7-9 in Southeastern Conference play.
With her first free throw at the 11:43 mark of the second half, the senior from Newbern, Ala., reached the 1,000 point mark for her career, becoming the 24th member of the Tide's 1,000 point club, and the first to reach that milestone since Ericka Russell in 2012.
Freshman forward Ashley Williams finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds to put together her fifth double-double of the season. Junior guard Daisha Simmons added 14 points and seven rebounds, and junior guard Sharin Rivers scored 12 points while shooting 50 percent (4-of-8) from the field.
The first half featured back-and-forth play from the two squads, with neither team gaining much separation until the Tide went up seven with 3:53 left in the half. With five lead changes and four instances of a tied score, Alabama took a five-point lead into the half behind 45 percent (13-of-29) shooting from the field and 60 percent (6-for-10) shooting from three-point land.
After two LSU free throws to start the second half, the Tide broke the game open on a 12-1 run to take a 14-point advantage. Alabama forced 25 turnovers to hold LSU to 26 points in the second half, the fewest the Tigers have scored in the second half all season. Coupled with a season-high 27 free throws made in 40 second-half trips to the foul line, the Tide outscored the Tigers by 13 in the second half to come away with the victory.
Next up for the Tide will be the SEC Tournament, with the first round matchups kicking off on Wednesday, March 5. Until then, Alabama will await the results of remaining matchups to determine seeding.
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