Alabama Women Fall To Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – The Alabama women's basketball team dropped an 81-54 decision to No. 24 Georgia on Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum. The loss puts the Crimson Tide at 12-12 overall and 1-10 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while the Lady Bulldogs improve to 18-5 on the season and 8-2 in the league.

"The momentum Georgia got early on really set the tempo for the game," Alabama Head Coach Wendell Hudson said. "The first five minutes of the game we were really not ready. That is all there is to it."

Alabama was held to 32.2 percent shooting from the floor hitting 19 of its 59 attempts, while Georgia connected on 47.6 percent of its shots going 30-for-63 in the contest. The Lady Bulldogs also dominated the boards out-rebounding the Tide 52-31, 21 of which were collected on the offensive end for Georgia.

"You add Georgia's shooting percentage to its offensive rebounds, and it can prove to be detrimental," Hudson added. "We stress blocking out all the time. When you do not get bodies on people, this is what is going to happen."

Junior Ericka Russell led the Tide in scoring with 11 points. She was followed by freshman Jasmine Robinson, who chipped in 10 points. Senior Tierney Jenkins finish with a team-high 10 rebounds.

Georgia opened the game on a 10-0 run in under three minutes that included back-to-back three-pointers. Alabama's first shot from the floor did not come until the 14:38 mark, but by that point, the Lady Bulldogs had already built a 13-point advantage. Georgia led by as many as 21 in the half.

It would be the Tide that came out strong to start the second posting six unanswered points with just over two minutes off the clock to cut its deficit to 14. The Lady Bulldogs would counter, however, and pulled in front by 20 again minutes later. Georgia would take its largest lead of the game at the 2:22 mark when it went up by 29.

Alabama will have six days off from game play before playing its first game in newly renovated Foster Auditorium against the Florida Gators. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. CT with the game being broadcast on FSN.

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