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January 20, 2013

WOMEN: Tide drops SEC game to No. 9 Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. | The University of Alabama women's basketball team dropped a 96-69 decision to ninth-ranked Tennessee on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

"When you play a team like Tennessee, you have to take advantage of every opportunity, especially scoring," said Alabama coach Wendell Hudson. "We did that early but then missed some shots, which allowed them to make a run. You have to give Tennessee credit. They stepped up and made their shots and played tough."

Alabama (11-7, 1-4 SEC) was led in scoring by sophomore Daisha Simmons with 19 points. She was followed by redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn and junior Shafontaye Myers, who contributed 14 points and 12 points, respectively. Horn finished as the Tide's top rebounder with 10 boards as well for the fourth double-double of her career.

Tennessee ( 15-3, 6-0) opened the game with a 6-2 edge, but back-to-back 3-pointers, first from Myers then from Simmons, gave Alabama an 8-6 lead with 16:48 to go. Aside from three ties, the Tide remained in front until the 10:20 mark when the Lady Vols went ahead 20-18. Tennessee then used a 15-7 run over the next five minutes for its first double-digit lead of the game. From there, Alabama scored five unanswered points to cut the Lady Vol advantage down to five, but Tennessee got another big run to lead by 14, 49-35, at the half.

The Lady Vols continued to build on their lead, beginning the second half with a 15-5 run to go in front by 24 with 15:31 to play. Tennessee led by as many as 33.

Alabama shot 34.6 percent (27-78) from the floor while Tennessee hit 54.3 percent (38-70) of its attempts. The Lady Vols out-rebounded the Tide, 50-38, and collected nine blocks. Tennessee also took advantage of its 23 trips to the free throw line, hitting 19 shots from the stripe.

Next up, Alabama hosts Auburn on Thursday at Foster Auditorium. The game will air live on CSS beginning at 8 p.m.

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