Tide's WNIT Run Ends in 79-61 Loss at Michigan State


Alabama finishes 2001-02 season with a 19-12 record overall
Tuesday, March 19, 2002

LaNisha Cartwell

A tired and road weary University of Alabama women’s basketball team dropped a disappointing 79-61 loss in the WNIT quarterfinals to Michigan State on Tuesday in East Lansing, Michigan.

Alabama finishes the season with a 19-12 overall record. Michigan State improved to 19-12 and will move onto the semi-finals of the WNIT.

LaNisha Cartwell gave the Crimson Tide a 2-0 lead on a bucket with 19:49 left in the first half. Unfortunately for Alabama, that would be the only lead they would have for the rest of the game. Michigan State then scored nine straight points before Alabama was able to score again. Michigan State had pushed their lead out to twelve points with 11:27 left in the half. Shun Hunter’s three-pointer with 11:08 left in the first half left Alabama down 20-11. After Hunter’s trey, the Crimson Tide did not connect on another field goal until freshman Monique Bivins was able to hit a three point basket with 3:26 left in the half. Bivins three pointer made the score 30-17 in Michigan State’s favor. The Crimson Tide only managed two more points the remainder of the half and went into halftime trailing 39-19. Michigan State hit eight three pointers in the first half and shot 44.1 percent from the field. Alabama only made two first half three pointers and shot 27.3 from the field.

Michigan State continued their hot shooting and scored the first seven points of the second half to push their lead out to 27 points. Alabama trailed by 26 points with 15:09 left in the game before the Crimson Tide was able to nine straight points to make the score 50-33 with 12:46 left in the game. Bivins and Hunter combined to score all nine points for Bama during that stretch. Cartwell’s lay-up with 7:28 left in the game cut Michigan State’s lead to 14 at 58-44. The fourteen point deficit would be as close as Alabama could get for the rest of the game. Michigan State connected on 56 percent of their shots in the second half. Alabama improved from their first half shooting to shoot 48.5 percent in the second half. Alabama outscored Michigan State in the second half 42-40, but Michigan State came out on top by the final score of 79-61.

Alabama was lead by Bivins with 11 points and Katie Sipe with 10 points. Hunter lead the Crimson Tide in rebounding with seven boards. Michigan State was lead by Syreeta Bromfield and Vnemina Reese with 17 and 16 points respectively.

“I would like to congratulate Michigan State on playing a great game,” UA head coach Rick Moody said. “We just weren’t ready to play. We really struggled shooting and just got tighter after we missed a few open looks. I am just a little disappointed in how we finished.”