Nov. 14, 2009
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -
Junior LaToya King led five players in double-figure points with 23, but it wasn't enough as the Crimson Tide fell 96-90 in overtime to Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the championship game of the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Tip-Off Tournament. With the loss, Alabama dips to 1-1 on the season, while the Islanders improve to 2-0 overall. Both King and junior Tierney Jenkins were named to the All-Tournament Team.
"This was obviously a tough loss for us, especially after playing so well in the first half" said head coach Wendell Hudson. "The first four minutes or so of the second half was tough for us. We had big leads, but committed too many turnovers."
Joining King with double-figure points was senior Tamara Williams with 14 points, followed by Jenkins with 13, senior Dedrea Magee with 11 and sophomore Kayla Robinson with 10. Jenkins also collected a game-high, and career-best, 17 rebounds to finish with the 14th double-double of her career and second of the season.
Alabama never trailed in the first half and built as much as a 15-point buffer in the opening stanza. The Tide would enter intermission with a 52-39 advantage scoring 30 of its first-half point in the paint. The second half was where Alabama began to have trouble as Texas A&M Corpus Christi outscored the Tide 15-5 over the first five minutes. The Islanders tied the game with 13:10 remaining and soon jumped in front by five. The Tide rallied behind a 6-0 run late, but Texas A&M Corpus Christi would, again, counter and tie the game with 55 seconds remaining to send it into overtime.
Alabama led briefly in the extra period, but the Islanders would find themselves back on top for good at the 3:17 mark behind a pair of free throws. Texas A&M Corpus Christi would outscore the Tide 13-7 in the final five minutes for the win.
"We have to learn how to finish basketball games," added Hudson. "We need to take care of the basketball and make smart decisions. We still have growing up to do."
For the game, Alabama shot 44.0 percent from the floor, while Texas A&M Corpus Christi connected on 36.7 percent of its shots. The Islanders took advantage of their 42 attempts from the free throw line hitting 30 from the charity stripe. In addition, Texas A&M Corpus Christi made eight three pointers to the Tide's three.
Next up, Alabama returns to Tuscaloosa for its home opener against Jackson State on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Tipoff is slated for 5:00 p.m. (CST) in Coleman Coliseum.