Nov. 30, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. -
The women's basketball team outscored Cal State Fullerton by 14 points in the second half to win, 69-54, Saturday at the Saint Mary's College Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic at McKeon Pavilion. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 3-4 on the season, while the loss drops the Titans to 1-5.
Shafontaye Myers led Alabama in scoring for the second game in a row to earn All-Tournament Team honors. The senior averaged 17.5 points for the tournament after having 15 points versus Fullerton and 20 points against Saint Mary's. Nikki Hegstetter was productive all-around in today's game with 14 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists, while Daisha Simmons added 12 points, a career-high 10 assists, seven rebounds and four steals.
The majority of the game went back-and-forth with seven ties and nine lead changes, with four of the ties and seven of the lead changes coming in the first half. Alabama would head into the break leading Fullerton, 27-26, and opened the second half on a 10-5 run to lead 37-31. The six-point lead, which was the largest for either team to that point, was soon diminished as the Titans responded with six of their own to tie the game at 37. Fullerton evened the score two more times before the Tide distanced itself with a 15-3 run over the next seven minutes. From that point on, the Titans would come no closer than eight points for the duration of the contest as Alabama outscored Cal State Fullerton 12-5 down the stretch.
For the game, the Tide shot 42.6 percent (26-61) from the floor and was 56.3 percent (9-16) from three-point range, while the Titans connected on 32.3 percent (20-62) of their attempts overall and 33.3 percent (9-27) from beyond the arc. Alabama outscored Fullerton, 32-12, in the paint and had 30 points off the bench compared to the Titans' eight points from reserves.
Alabama begins its four-game home stand on Wednesday when it hosts UT Martin in Foster Auditorium. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT.
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