The Alabama women's basketball team (10-13, 0-9 SEC) dropped a 70-52 decision at Arkansas (17-5, 6-4 SEC) on Thursday night in Bud Walton Arena. The Crimson Tide finished the game 13-of-48 from the floor and had 23 points from the free throw line.
"This game was lost in the first 10 minutes," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "We came out with no energy. There is no excuse for the lack of effort. You could tell by looking at us and the way we were playing that, at times, we didn't know where anything was going to come from."
Alabama was led in scoring by junior Kyra Crosby, who finished with 14 points. She was followed by sophomore Jasmine Robinson, who added 10 points. Junior Jessica Merritt had a team-best eight rebounds.
Neither team was able to get anything going offensively early on as it took nearly three minutes for the first points to be scored, which went to Merritt. The next four minutes saw three lead changes with the final going in Arkansas' favor at the 13:07 mark off a three-pointer. From there, the Tide would go scoreless from the floor for the next nine minutes, allowing the Razorbacks to lead by as many as 13 points in the half. Arkansas went into the break leading 26-16. Eight of Alabama's final 10 points of the half were scored from the free throw line.
The Razorbacks continued to outscore the Tide in the second putting up 21 points to Alabama's five over the first six minutes of the half. All of Alabama's five points during that stretch were scored from the free throw line as the Tide did not get its first shot from the floor until the 13:04 mark. The Razorbacks posted their largest lead of the contest at the 9:20 mark, going up by 30.
For the game, Arkansas was 40.8 percent from the floor, hitting 29 of its 71 attempts. The Razorbacks also out-rebounded the Tide 53-32 in the contest.
Next up, Alabama hosts No. 20/21 Georgia on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium.