Myers Leads Tide Upset Over LSU

Shafontaye Myers paced Alabama with 15 points on her Senior Day to lift the Crimson Tide over No. 23 LSU, 78-60, Sunday at Foster Auditorium. With the Crimson Tide's first win against LSU since the 2002 season, Alabama finishes out its regular season at 14-15, while the Tigers drop to 18-11. Both teams finishing at 7-9 in Southeastern Conference play.



With her first free throw at the 11:43 mark of the second half, the senior from Newbern reached the 1,000 point mark for her career, becoming the 24th member of Alabama's 1,000 point club, and the first to reach that milestone since Ericka Russell in 2012.

Freshman forward Ashley Williams finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds to put together her fifth double-double of the season. Junior guard Daisha Simmons added 14 points and seven rebounds, and junior guard Sharin Rivers scored 12 points while shooting 50 percent (4-of-8) from the field.

The first half featured back-and-forth play from the two squads, with neither team gaining much separation until the Tide went up seven with 3:53 left in the half. With five lead changes and four instances of a tied score, Alabama took a five-point lead into the half behind 45 percent (13-of-29) shooting from the field and 60 percent (6-for-10) shooting from three-point land.

After two LSU free throws to start the second half, the Tide broke the game open on a 12-1 run to take a 14-point advantage. Alabama forced 25 turnovers to hold LSU to 26 points in the second half, the fewest the Tigers have scored in the second half all season. Coupled with a season-high 27 free throws made in 40 second-half trips to the foul line, the Tide outscored the Tigers by 13 in the second half to come away with the victory.

Next up for the Tide will be the SEC Tournament, with the first round match-ups tipping off on Wednesday. Until then, Alabama will await the results of remaining matchups to determine seeding.

POSTGAME QUOTES

Alabama Head Coach Kristy Curry

Opening Statement:

"I'm really proud of our ability to bounce back from Thursday night because that hurt badly. The character from this group is incredible. Their perseverance and will to be successful shows great character, and I'm really proud for our program today. It's a huge win over a program that has been so good. We've all have respect and admiration for LSU for so many years. It's a huge win, and we really needed it for standing purposes. I'm just really proud of our kids today for finding a way."

On Myers' Senior Day:

"It's just special. There is not a better memory she will have than a decisive win against a program as great as LSU, especially on her Senior Day and that's what she'll remember. That's what it's about. It's about those moments where you make it, and we're not done yet. I'm just really happy for our kids and for Myers."

On if this game was approached as a must win:

"We just approached it like any other game. You just talk about the next game and win today and we have to understand what is important now. I felt so bad for them on Friday because of how down they were. We did everything we could to be as positive as we could for them. You've got to rebound and respond."

Shafontaye Myers, Guard

On her Senior Day today:

"It's the best Senior Day ever. I'll always remember this thanks to my teammates and coaches. It means a lot to me."

On scoring 1,000 career points:

"It's exciting. I didn't expect to do it, but it's really exciting. Anything is possible. It was great to accomplish this on Senior Day."

Daisha Simmons, Guard

On physicality during game:

"We just wanted to lay it all on the floor. No matter what happened today we just wanted to make sure we went out with a bang. A lot of times we talk about getting loose balls, so we just really tried to get that today."

On playing the way they did today on Myers' Senior Day:

"We wanted her to go out with a bang, especially since she's been here longer than all of us. She gave four great years here. For her to have a day like this is really special."

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