Jan. 24, 2013
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Auburn women's basketball team struggled to find its shot Thursday night as it fell to Alabama, 61-51, at Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa. Alabama improved to 12-7 (2-4 SEC), while the Tigers fell to 13-7 (2-5 SEC).
"We gave up 20 offensive rebounds, and then we shot 31 percent from the field," Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "It was just terrible shooting tonight, and 0-for-10 from the 3-point line.
"The first five minutes of the game, we missed five layups. That right there could have just made the difference immediately and set the tone right away and give us the lead that we need, but we're missing layups."
Hasina Muhammad led Auburn with 13 points and remains the only player in the SEC to have scored in double figures in each game this season. Muhammad has tallied double digits in scoring in 22-consecutive games dating back to the 2011-12 season.
Peyton Davis earned her second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Najat Ouardad moved into 20th all-time in career assists at Auburn with four on the night for a career total of 216. Ouardad also finished with nine rebounds.
The 3-point line would be the story of the game as the Tigers once again had trouble defending from beyond the arc. Alabama went 9-of-27 from 3-point range, including seven treys from the Crimson Tide's leading scorer, Shafontaye Myers, who finished with 23 points.
"We act as if we didn't know that (Myers) was going to shoot the 3," Williams-Flournoy said. "Whether we were in man or in zone, it doesn't really matter. You have to know at that point, she's hot and you have to find her immediately. We just did not play very well tonight."
Auburn led the majority of the first half before Alabama went on a 20-6 run to take a 30-20 lead into the locker room. The Tigers couldn't recover from there and never regained the lead in the second half, only coming as close as 32-31 on a jumper from Muhammad with 13:09 to play.
The Crimson Tide led on the boards and in the turnover battle as Auburn was out-rebounded, 51-48, and committed 20 turnovers to Alabama's 18. Alabama also had 13 assists, while the Tigers finished with just five.
Myers was one of four Crimson Tide players who finished in double figures. Jasmine Robinson added 13 points and five assists, while Daisha Simmons and Meghan Perkins tallied 11 points apiece. Simmons added seven rebounds and Perkins added nine.
The Tigers will have a week off before returning to action next Thursday as they return home to take on LSU. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT from Auburn Arena.