Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Perkins Leads Alabama Women Past Bulldogs

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Perkins Leads Alabama Women Past Bulldogs

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DULUTH, Ga. | Senior Meghan Perkins and sophomore Daisha Simmons combined for 30 points to lead the University of Alabama women's basketball team to a 63-36 victory Thursday over Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The win is Alabama's first in the SEC Tournament since 2005.

The Crimson Tide (13-17) the lowest seed at No. 13, will face fifth-seeded South Carolina today at 1:30 p.m.

"The players did a great job of doing what we asked them to do," Alabama coach Wendell Hudson said. "They were not ready to go home. We really played hard as a team, played together and rebounded the ball well against a much taller team."

The Crimson Tide shot 34.4 percent from the field while holding the Bulldogs to 22.6 percent.

Mississippi State's 36 points ties for the fewest points scored in tournament history. The Bulldogs had just 10 assists with 20 turnovers.

Alabama also out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 48-42, outscored them 30- 12 in the paint and had 13 steals compared to Mississippi State's three. …

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