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March 1, 2013BATON ROUGE, La. | The University of Alabama women's basketball team dropped a 76-42 decision at LSU on Thursday night, sliding to 12-16 overall and 2-13 against Southeastern Conference opponents.
"We really missed Meghan Perkins (who was out with an injury) in this game," Alabama coach Wendell Hudson said. "We started the game 1-9 from the floor, and when you get down like that, especially being on the road at the other team's senior night, it is going to be tough to come back. LSU used their size, and we committed too many fouls not boxing out."
The Tigers took advantage of their 31 trips to the free throw line, hitting 26, while the Tide was 3-for-8 from the line. LSU out-rebounded Alabama, 58-35, including 20-8 on offense.
The Tigers (18-10, 9-6) opened the game with 13 straight points before sophomore Daisha Simmons hit Alabama's first basket at the 14:54 mark. The Tide chipped its deficit down to five, but the Tigers responded with eight unanswered points to pull in front 25-12 with 7:05 remaining in the half. LSU closed out the half on a 14-7 run to lead 39-19 at the break.
The Tigers continued to distance themselves in the second half, thanks to a 12-4 run over the first four minutes. LSU led by as many as 36 points.
Simmons finished as the Crimson Tide's leading scorer with 10 points. Junior Jasmine Robinson pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. The Tigers were led by senior Adrienne Webb, who had 21 points. Freshman Danielle Ballard added 14 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Alabama will play its last regular-season game on Sunday when it hosts Missouri at 2 p.m.