Tide Women Close Against Georgia

The Alabama women's basketball team kept things close in its Southeastern Conference opener against No. 8 Georgia in Bama's Coleman Coliseum Sunday afternoon. The Tide led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but couldn't overcome a stretch of cold shooting in the second half, falling 52-44.

"It was a tale of two halves for us," Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson said. "We played a good basketball team in Georgia today. They came in here undefeated, but we certainly had our chances. We missed way too many open looks in the second half. Georgia did a good job of pressuring us, but like I said, we missed way too many shots that we usually make."

The Crimson Tide falls to 8-6 on the season and 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play while Georgia remains undefeated, 14-0 overall and 1-0 in the SEC. After leading the entire first half on 32.5-percent shooting, Alabama shot just 18-percent in the second half.

"We played hard, competed well and really got the shots we wanted, which makes this loss even tougher," Hudson said. "We've got to learn how to finish basketball games."

Juniors Varisia Raffington and Tierney Jenkins led the Tide with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Jenkins, Raffington and senior Dedrea Magee pulled down six rebounds each to share the Alabama lead. The Tide saw significant production off the bench against Georgia with Alabama reserves pouring in 21 points.

"We have a lot of positive things that happened in the game," Raffington said. "We put together a great half of basketball. In the first half we went for every little play and we were taking charges, blocking shots, and getting the easy baskets. I definitely think that any team can be the right team when they are doing those little things and are hustling and shots are falling."

Alabama shot 50 per cent from the three-point line in the first half led by junior Alyson Butler who made three of six three pointers in the first half. The second half was a different story with Alabama making just one of 12 three-point attempts.

The Tide plays it first SEC road game of the season, traveling to Oxford to take on Ole Miss Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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