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February 22, 2013STARKVILLE, Miss. | Shooting woes continued to hamper the University of Alabama women's basketball team as it went 26.2 percent from the floor in a 75-51 loss at Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Crimson Tide is 12-14 overall and 2-11 in the Southeastern Conference while the Bulldogs improved to 12-14 and 4-9.
"Mississippi State did what they had to do to win the game," Alabama coach Wendell Hudson said. "We didn't shoot the ball well at all, which allowed them to get a big lead on us. We've got to get better. It's a matter of stepping up and making shots."
Redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn led Alabama in scoring with 16 points. She also had eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Senior Meghan Perkins collected a team-high 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Mississippi State got big games from sophomores Martha Alwal and Carnecia Williams, who combined for 43 points, 23 rebounds, nine blocks and five steals.
Alabama stayed within four points until the Bulldogs scored eight unanswered points to pull in front by 10 at the 11:17 mark of the first half. The Crimson Tide cut it to five, but Mississippi State went back up by 10 at the half, 38-28.
The Bulldogs dominated the second half, outscoring Alabama 17-2 over the first eight minutes. Horn ended the Tide's scoring drought with five straight free throws to bring the score to 55-35 with 10:46 to play. The Bulldogs led by as many as 27.
Mississippi State outscored Alabama 38-18 in the paint and had 28 second-chance points compared to the Tide's 13. The Bulldogs collected 15 more rebounds and forced 21 Alabama turnovers.
Alabama hosts the Florida Gators at 2 p.m. Sunday in Foster Auditorium.