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Alabama fails to take care of the ball in loss to rival Auburn – News – Tuscaloosa News

It’s hard to win games when the team turns the ball over, especially when you turn the ball over more than 20 times.

Alabama women’s basketball finished with 25 turnovers, tying the season high, in its 65-55 loss to instate rival Auburn. The Tigers scored 28 points off the turnovers.

It was the fifth time this season the Crimson Tide finished with more than 20 turnovers in a game.

“Really (Jasmine Walker), Shaquera (Wade), Aryiah (Copeland) and (Ashley Knight) probably were the only kids with experience with that type of (full-court) pressure,” coach Kristy Curry said. “At the end of the day, that’s hard to simulate.”

The 10-point loss to the Tigers was the first of the five matchups the Crimson Tide lost this year.

Auburn took control in the first half, building a 13-point lead by halftime.

The first-half difference came in the second quarter, as the Tigers outscored the Crimson Tide 19-10. Auburn shot 64 percent in the 10-minute period, while Alabama shot just 33 percent. Auburn also turned the ball over three times compared to Alabama‘s eight.

After halftime, Alabama slowly started to comeback. With 8:29 left in the third quarter, Alabama trailed by 14. Copeland started the comeback when she made a layup through contact and hit the free throw. A minute and a half later, Walker hit a 3-point shot, cutting the Auburn lead to eight.

By the three-minute mark, Alabama’s deficit was just five. Alabama held the Tigers to 45.5 percent, its lowest quarter shooting percentage of the game, while it shot 41.2 percent, its highest quarter percentage of the game.

Auburn turned the ball over six times in the third, doubling its halftime total, but the Tigers hit their stride halfway through the fourth quarter, as it shot 66.7 percent mainly in the final 6:47 of the game.

Offensively, the Crimson Tide struggled to consistently find its shot, shooting just 40 percent for the game. Walker finished with a team-high 18 points, 12 of which came in the second half.

“I was just hitting open shots,” Walker said. “When the ball was passed to me, I was just going to open spots… I was just executing.”

She was one of three players in double figures for Alabama.

The biggest problem for Alabama besides the turnovers was it made it to the free throw line just seven times, a season low. Before Thursday’s loss, the least amount of free throws the Crimson Tide attempted was 14. It finished 4 of 7 for the game.

Alabama’s next game is at Texas A&M on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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