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February 17, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Shot don't fall for Tide

AUBURN | The University of Alabama women's basketball team was unable to overcome offensive struggles in the first half, falling 70-53 at Auburn on Sunday.

"We had some really good looks at the basket, especially early, but we didn't make them," Alabama coach Wendell Hudson said. "Once the shots weren't falling, we didn't play as well. We have to tip our hats to Auburn. They shot the ball real well and came out ready to play."

Sophomore Daisha Simmons led Alabama (12-13, 2-10 Southeastern Conference) in scoring with 19 points, while senior Meghan Perkins added another 11 for the Crimson Tide. Simmons also collected a team-high six rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Auburn (14-11, 3-9) was led by senior Blanche Alverson, who had 22 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and one steal.

Alverson knocked down a 3-pointer within the first minute of the game, giving the Tigers a lead they did not relinquish.

Alabama scored five straight points to get within one with 13:43 left in the first half. The Tigers strung together a 21-3 run over the next eight minutes to pull in front by 19. Auburn led 41-18 at the half behind a 52.9 percent shooting effort.

The Tigers scored the first five points of the second half before sophomore Brittany Jack connected from 3-point range to end Auburn's run. Alabama got no closer than 17 points the rest of the way.

For the game, Auburn shot 47.3 percent (26 of 55), while Alabama finished at 32.8 percent (19 of 58). The Tigers out-rebounded the Crimson Tide, 44-33, and had 28 points in the paint compared to Alabama's 14.

Alabama plays at Mississippi State at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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