Gamecocks Beat Poor Shooting Tide
"South Carolina did not come in here and take us lightly with us just having beaten Kentucky," said Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson. "They did a good job of setting the tempo and controlling it. What we did to ourselves is the most discouraging thing. We shot the ball 69 times and only hit 19 of those shots. We were not mentally prepared to come out and play with the intensity level that we needed to play against a good basketball team."
After a close opening seven minutes, senior Markeshia Grant hit back-to-back threes to put the Gamecocks ahead 15-8. South Carolina continued to build a lead, going up by as many as 16 points. A three-point play by sophomore Khristin Lee would get the Tide within 10 points with 1:31 left in the first half, but Alabama would go into halftime down 38-26.
South Carolina opened the second half with a three-point basket, but Robinson would answer with her own three-pointer. The Gamecocks went up by as many as 18 in the second half, but a basket by Lee would pull the Tide within nine points with 35 seconds left in the game.
Though Alabama's offense struggled, with the Tide shooting just 27 per cent from the field for the game, its defense caused 21 South Carolina turnovers, two of those being shot clock violations.
In addition to Robinson's 17 points, junior Kyra Crosby had her first double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Junior Meghan Perkins chipped in nine points and grabbed six boards. Lee grabbed eight rebounds, while junior Jessica Merritt had five rebounds.
South Carolina was led by senior La'Keisha Sutton, who had 13 points and seven rebounds. Grant finished with 11 points for the Gamecocks, nine of which came from three-pointers. Junior Ieasia Walker added 10 points. Freshman Aleighsa Welch and senior Charenee Stephens grabbed five boards apiece for the Gamecocks.
Next up, Alabama travels to Auburn to face the Tigers on Thursday. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. CST.
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