DULUTH, Ga. - The women's basketball team fell 78-65 in the second round of the 2014 Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 14-16 overall, while the win lifts the Tigers to 19-11 on the season.
Senior Shafontaye Myers led all scorers with 27 points, including the first 14 for the Tide. She was joined in double figures by junior Daisha Simmons with 18. Freshman Ashley Williams collected a team-high 10 rebounds. LSU was led by its trio of seniors as Shanece McKinney, Theresa Plaisance and Jeanne Kenney combined for 46 points and 24 rebounds.
Alabama led early on, thanks to back-to-back three-pointers from Myers, but LSU would go on to take its first lead at the 13:29 mark, 8-6. On the Tide's next possession Myers would deliver again, hitting her third shot in a row from downtown. Alabama remained in front until the 9:47 mark when a jumper by freshman Raigyne Moncrief put the Tigers in front 16-14. LSU would lead by as many as eight in the half and took a 34-27 lead at the half.
The Tigers and Tide traded baskets over the first few possessions of the second half before a 13-2 run over a five-minute period put LSU in front, 58-38. Alabama made a late run to cut its biggest deficit of 25 down to 10 but would not come any closer.
For the game, Alabama shot 35.4 percent (23-65) compared to LSU's 50.8 percent (32-63) performance. The Tide also struggled with the ball, committing 20 turnovers in the game.
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