The LSU women’s basketball team fell 62-45 at Alabama in its Southeastern Conference opener Sunday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.
It was the Lady Tigers’ first loss in their past five league openers, dating to a defeat against Tennessee in the 2010-11 season.
Alabama (12-2, 1-0) had a 12-0 run spanning halftime to pull away. The Lady Tigers (6-8, 0-1) went more than eight minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter.
LSU also turned the ball over 25 times, and Alabama scored 24 points off those giveaways.
“We turned the ball over way too many times, and that killed our opportunity to score the basketball,” coach Nikki Fargas said in an LSU news release. “The first half, we did what we needed to do to put ourselves in position to win, but we have to be better for 40.”
Junior Rina Hill led the Lady Tigers with 15 points to tie a career high. Jasmine Rhodes chipped in eight points, and Akilah Bethel had seven.
Meoshonti Knight led the Crimson Tide with 17 points, and Karyla Middlebrook had 10. Knight also had six of Alabama’s 14 steals.
The Lady Tigers host Ole Miss at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The game will air on the SEC Network.