Turnovers doom Lady Lions

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama women’s basketball team defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 79-60 Saturday at Foster Auditorium to improve to 3-0 on the season. Senior Meghan Perkins and junior Jasmine Robinson led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 14 points apiece.

“I sit here and think we didn’t play all that well, and we didn’t, but we scored 79 points,” said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson in a press release. “We made them commit 40 turnovers. The game didn’t go the way I would have liked for it to go, but the key to this whole thing was we never stopped playing. We didn’t play as well as we have played before. When you don’t play as well, and you still score 79 points and beat a team that made some shots and shot well from the free throw line, you cannot get too discouraged about everything.”

Joining Perkins and Robinson in double figures was redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn, scoring 12 points, junior Shafontaye Myers with 11 points and sophomore Daisha Simmons, who added 10 points. Simmons also added a game-high seven steals and five assists.

Lady Lion (1-2) senior LaKendra Marsh recorded a game-high 16 points, while senior Jenise Gentry collected a game-best six rebounds. Freshman Cassidy Wright added 13 points and Chi Chi Okwumbua scored 10.

UAPB shot 40 percent (20-50) for the game, but hit just 3 of 14 three-pointers. The Lady Lions did make 44 percent (11-25) of their shots in the second half.

For the game, Alabama forced 40 turnovers, 23 of which were steals. The Tide also out-rebounded the Lions, 47-42, including a 25-11 advantage on the offensive glass.

The Lady Lions are on the road againat 7 p.m. on Monday in Birmingham, Ala., to take on the University of Alabama-Birmingham.