Alabama Women's Basketball (8-1,1-1 SEC) coming into Monday night's contest against the South Carolina Gamecocks (7-1, 2-0 SEC) the Tide's goals were simple, play hard and stay in the game.

Nationally ranked as the number 4 team in the country, South Carolina would prove to be too much for Alabama as the Gamecocks would defeat the Crimson Tide 77-60. From the opening tip-off, Down 7-0, junior forward Jasmine Walker led the Tide back into a tie 15-15 late in the opening quarter with 8 points. Ending the 1st quarter down only 20-17.

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South Carolina would capitalize on their size throughout this game, and it would begin in the 2nd quarter. The Gamecocks would out rebound Alabama 15-5 which would in turn help to score on a number of second chance opportunities. Alabama's offensive performance would hurt them going into halftime trailing 37-26.

"Sometimes it is just us having to pursue on the ball," Alabama head coach Kristy Curry said. "We have to have short term memory about this game. We have to move forward in this league and as a team. I want my team to know that I support them and love them and that we will grow from this loss tonight."

In the second half, Alabama would come out strong. Shooting an impressive 60 percent from the field, and hitting 80 percent of their free-throws. South Carolina had their worst free-throw totals of the season, going 3 for 8 and shooting 37 percent from 3 point range.

Alabama's leading scorer in this game was senior guard Jordan Lewis who finished with 28 points. Lewis would be the big catalyst for Bama's offensive attack and was one of the bright spots for Alabama throughout the night's contest. Closely behind her would be Jasmine Walker, who would finish with 16 points.

"I felt like in some ways I really let our team down," Lewis said. "I don't really pay attention to the points and I should've done a better job of encouraging my teammates. As a senior, I have to do a better job of being a leader. Passing and getting to my open teammates is something I have to do a better job of."

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Next, Alabama will host LSU inside Coleman Coliseum on Thursday night at 6 p.m. LSU Defeated Ole Miss on Monday night in overtime. Keep it tuned to Tide 100.9 as we continue our women's basketball coverage all season long.