TUSCALOOSA – Auburn's reeling women's basketball team fell hard Thursday night in Tuscaloosa.
Hasina Muhammad has scored in double figures every game this season
The Tigers struggled to make shots, shooting 31 percent from the field and going 0-for-10 from 3-poit range. The struggled on defense, giving up nine 3-pointers. And Alabama won for the just fourth time in 19 tries against Auburn, 61-51 at Foster Auditorium.
“We gave up 20 offensive rebounds, and then we shot 31 percent from the field,” first-year Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “It was just terrible shooting tonight.
“The first five minutes of the game, we missed five layups. That right there could have just made the difference immediately, set the tone right away and give us the lead that we need. But we’re missing layups.”
The Tigers lost for the fourth consecutive time and fell to 13-7 overall and 2-5 in the SEC. Alabama improved to 12-7 and 2-4.
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. 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 was the story of the game. The Tigers were shut out from long distance and Alabama was 9-for-27. Shafontaye Myers made seven 3-pointers.
“We acted 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 cut it to 32-31 with13:09 left, but Alabama pulled away to lead by as many as 17.
The Crimson Tide led on the boards and in the turnover battle as Auburn was outrebounded 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 playing LSU next Thursday at Auburn Arena.
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