Nov. 8, 2009
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
In the annual Crimson & White game, the Crimson team stole the day with smothering defense on its way to a 70-35 victory Sunday in Coleman Coliseum. The White team was held scoreless for over six minutes to open the second half, and didn't connect on a field goal in the half until the 13:16 mark. The Crimson team, led by sophomore Kayla Robinson, was able to stretch a 29-19 halftime lead to a 43-19 advantage during that period.
"Kayla Robinson was a surprise today," said head coach Wendell Hudson. "She's been practicing well the last couple days, but that effort that she put up this afternoon is, of course, something that she has to give us all the time. It's not that we don't think she can play, but she's just got to play consistently."
The White team raced out to an early 8-4 lead in the opening minutes of the game by hitting its first two attempts from behind the three-point line, one each from juniors LaToya King and Katie Hancock. The Crimson team quickly answered back to jump in front 12-10 at the 11:51 mark. From there, the Crimson team would not trail again. Sophomore Kayla Robinson took over the first half on the offensive end, going a perfect 5-5 at the free throw line on her way to scoring nine points. Meanwhile, the White team managed to only score nine points in the final 11 minutes of the half. Neither team missed a free throw in the opening frame. Both teams also shot over 40 percent from the field.
The second half was all Crimson as it scored the first 14 points of the half to take a commanding lead. The White team only managed to attempt a total of two shots in the first six minutes of the game, while committing six turnovers during that same period. The Crimson team stepped up on both sides of the floor in the second half, shooting a blistering 60.9 percent from the field while holding the White team to only 20.8 percent in the half. The Crimson team was the more aggressive team inside, collecting a total of 28 points in the paint to only 16 for the White team.
"I was ready," said Robinson. "I was tired of being the back player to other players on the team. I wanted to show Coach (Hudson) that I can produce and be productive whenever I'm on the court."
The Crimson team finished the game with five players in double figures, led by 16 from Robinson. Redshirt freshman Candace Sykes, senior Dedrea Magee, junior Alyson Butler, and junior Tierney Jenkins also registered in double digits. Jenkins and Robinson were also the team's leading rebounders with six each. The White team only had one player score at least 10 points, as King finished with 13. Redshirt freshman Erin Hogue led the white team in rebounds with six.
Next up, the Crimson Tide travels to Corpus Christi, Texas to take part in the Islander Tip-Off Tournament. Alabama will face off with Tennessee Tech at 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Friday, Nov. 13.