Tide Women Have Short Tourney Stay

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Alabama women's basketball team ended its stay in the 2011 Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 60-36 loss to LSU on Thursday in Bridgestone Arena. The loss ended the Crimson Tide season with a 16-14 record, while the Lady Tigers upped their overall record to 19-12.

"I thought we played hard, but we did not shoot the ball very well," Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson said. "We did not play as well as we needed to play together. We had some wide-open looks, and when you shoot that poorly against a team like LSU, it is going to be tough to win. They made shots, and we did not do a good job of that."

Leading Alabama in points was junior Ericka Russell with nine. She was followed by senior Tierney Jenkins, who finished with seven points and six rebounds.

LSU took the lead in the first few minutes of the game and stayed on top for the remainder of the first half. Alabama was 0-11 from the floor before freshman Shafontaye Myers scored the Tide's first basket of the game at the 10:12 mark. The Lady Tigers would lead 26-9 at the half after hitting 42.9 percent of their attempts (12-for-28), while Alabama managed 16.0 percent (4-for-25).

Both teams started the second slow offensively before Russell buried a three-pointer for the first points of the half for either team. Senior Varisia Raffington would make another three for the Tide to cut the deficit to 16, but Alabama would not get any closer.

For the game, the Tide was 14-of-58 from the floor (24.1 percent), while LSU went 24-for-49 (49.0 percent). In addition, the Lady Tigers out-rebounded Alabama 42-29.

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