Dec. 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
The women's basketball team fell 61-52 to Florida A&M on Monday at the Al Lawson Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide drops to 6-5 overall, while the Lady Rattlers up their season standing to 6-3.
"You can't go on the road and shoot the way we did tonight," said head coach Wendell Hudson. "We have to step up and make those shots. We did all the things we were supposed to do from a defensive standpoint and all that added up, you would have thought we won the game. Like I've said before though it's hard to win basketball games on the road, and even harder if we can't make shots."
Senior Dedrea Magee led Alabama in scoring with 12 points, while senior Tamara Williams collected a team-best 10 rebounds. Junior Tierney Jenkins led the Tide with three assists, while Williams and junior Varisia Raffington collected a trio of steals apiece.
Alabama pulled out to a commanding 14-1 lead in the first not allowing Florida A&M to score a basket until the 13:26 mark. The Tide continued to stay in front for the majority of the half despite a near five minute scoring drought that was ended by a three-pointer from Magee at 4:54. Alabama would, again, have trouble putting the ball in the basket, and the Lady Rattlers took advantage of that as they scored 12 unanswered points to close out the first and take a 25-22 lead at halftime.
The two teams traded baskets to open the second before the Tide went on a 5-0 mini run to tie the game at 29-29 at the 16:12 mark. A free throw by junior LaToya King 50 seconds later put Alabama back in front, and the Tide remained ahead for nearly 10 minutes until Florida A&M connected on a wide-open three-pointer for the 43-42 lead. Williams put Alabama ahead 44-43, but the lead for the Tide was short-lived as the Lady Rattlers slithered out front with a pair of shots from the charity stripe at 3:55. From that point on, Florida A&M went on a 16-8 run for the duration of the contest, seven of which came from the free throw line.
For the game, Alabama shot 30.4 percent, while Florida A&M connected on 36.0 percent of its shots. The Lady Rattlers were solid from three-point range, however, hitting 42.1 percent. In addition, Florida A&M was efficient from the free throw line connecting on 17-of-24 attempts.
Alabama returns to the court Monday, Dec. 21 when it hosts Presbyterian College for an 11:30 a.m. (CST) tipoff. The contest will serve as the third annual 5th Grade Fastbreak game.