Nov. 26, 2010
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island -
The Alabama women's basketball team dropped a hard-fought 68-61 decision Friday to No. 14 Florida State in the 2010 Junkanoo Jam for the Crimson Tide's first loss of the season. Alabama now stands at 5-1 overall, while the Seminoles improve to 5-0.
"I thought we played awfully well and awfully hard tonight," Alabama Head Coach Wendell Hudson said. "We had some players that really grew up. We were in this game the entire time and took Florida State down to the wire. I have to give them credit."
Senior Tierney Jenkins led the Tide with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Also recording double-figure points in the game was freshman Kaneisha Horn, who finished with 14.
Horn got the Tide on the board first with a jumper at the 19:45 mark. Alabama remained in front for the next three minutes before the Seminoles seized control 6-5. The Tide was scoreless over the next 6:54 allowing Florida State to pull in front by as many as eight. Freshman Khristin Lee ended the scoring drought for Alabama at 11:33 with her first bucket of the game, and the Tide cut it to four 10 seconds later following a steal. Junior Carmen McCoy would complete a three-point play after getting fouled on a put-back to bring Alabama within one with 1:28 to go in the half. The Seminoles would strike, however, with seven seconds on the clock setting the score at 32-29 going into the break.
Florida State came out blazing in the second scoring seven unanswered points in less than 60 seconds to take a double-digit lead for the first time in the game. Freshman Jasmine Robinson netted a pair of free throws at 18:21 for the Tide's first points of the half. Alabama responded with an 11-4 run to pull within one at 12:53. The Seminoles continued to stay in front by four points or less until a turnaround jumper by Jenkins at the 7:29 mark tied the contest at 53-53. From there, Florida State outscored Alabama 15-8 down the stretch. A three-pointer by Horn cut the lead to three with 47.6 seconds remaining, but four made free throws by Florida State junior Cierra Bravard sealed the win for the Seminoles.
The Tide failed to reach 40.0 percent or better shooting for the first time this season as it finished at 35.8 percent. (24-67). Florida State hit 46.0 percent of its attempts from the floor, all of which were two-pointers. In addition, the Seminoles collected 22 points from the free throw line, while Alabama had 10 from the charity stripe.
Alabama will play its second, and final, game of the Junkanoo Jam on Saturday when it takes on Providence. Tipoff is slated for 4:45 p.m. CT.