Poor Shooting Dooms Tide Women

The Alabama women's basketball team was unable to get much going offensively Thursday night, falling 61-39 to Auburn at Foster Auditorium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide drops to 8-9 overall and 1-3 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while the win lifts the Tigers to 11-6 on the season and 2-2 against league opponents.

For the game, Alabama shot 21.7 percent (13-60) against Auburn's 42.9 percent (24-56). The Tigers out-rebounded the Tide, 52-38, and had 10 blocks.

Senior Shafontaye Myers led Alabama in scoring with 14 points, while freshman Ashley Williams added 12. Junior Briana Hutchen pulled down a career and game-high 14 rebounds. Auburn was led by senior Tyrese Tanner, who finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

  Auburn's Tanner knocked down the first basket of the game on the opening possession, giving the Tigers the lead, which they would hold onto for the duration of the game. Auburn's lead remained in the single digits until midway through the half and grew to 27 as the Tigers closed out the frame on a 27-5 run to lead 41-14 at halftime.

  Auburn extended its lead out to as many as 29 in the second half. Alabama was able to cut it down to 20 but would not get any closer.

  Next up, the Tide heads to Columbia, S.C. to take on the eighth-ranked Gamecocks of South Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 19. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. CT in Colonial Life Arena.

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  Alabama Head Coach Kristy Curry Quotes:

Opening Statement:

"The first thing I want to do is thank our crowd. I'm disappointed in the outcome at home for them tonight and our players, but I thought the crowd was great. We hope they will come back and see us. I just appreciate the student support and the crowd tonight. I'm disappointed in the outcome. We will do everything we can to go back, go to work and fix it."

On the tale of two halves:

"It was a tale of two completely different halves. We outscored them the second half, but you have to put halves together. Basketball is a game of runs. Their run was very impactful. You credit Auburn. You credit their size and ability. They dominated the glass. They dominated us defensively.

"You can't coach size, but it's something we work on in recruiting. We don't have that. There are certain things we can control. I didn't think we were aggressive in the first half. For that reason you credit Auburn. We have to individually look and do something about that."

On the issues in the first half:

"I thought we were really passive. I think their length really affected us. Instead of going north-south we were going east-west. I credit their size. I credit them for what they did to us. We were not able to respond. We can't shoot 16 percent. Your two starting posts have no rebounds. You can't turn over the ball in the first half. You can't shoot 21 percent, turn the ball over 21 times and get out-rebounded by 14. You are just not going to win, no matter who you're playing. You go back and work on it."

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