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February 3, 2013

WOMEN: Tide offense sluggish in loss to Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. | The University of Alabama women's basketball team fell to Florida, 87-54, Sunday at the O'Connell Center.

"Florida did a great job of coming out ready to play," Alabama coach Wendell Hudson said. "They made shots and our defensive pressure obviously wasn't very good today. We need to get back to the things that make us a good basketball team like sharing the ball. We also need to be able to hit some shots if we are going to have a chance to win."

Redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn led Alabama (12-10, 2-7 in SEC) in scoring with 14 points while senior Meghan Perkins chipped in another 10. Perkins also finished with a team-high six rebounds. Florida was led by freshman Christin Mercer with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Crimson Tide junior Jasmine Robinson knocked down one free throw to get Alabama on the board first, but Florida scored the next 11 points as the Tide went 0 of 6 from the floor.

Alabama pulled within seven at the 5:23 mark, but the Gators closed out the half on a 13-0 run to lead by 20, 43-23, at the break.

For the game, the Gators shot 58.3 percent (35 of 60), including 50 percent (6 of 12) from three-point range. The Crimson Tide went 25.7 percent (19 of 74) overall and managed only 13 percent (3 of 23) 3-point shooting. Florida outrebounded Alabama, 51-33, and collected 22 assists compared to the Crimson Tide's six.

The Crimson Tide hosts No. 15 South Carolina on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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