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The story of the game was the pesky LSU defense and the Tigers’ size advantage down low. The Tigers completely dominated inside, outscoring the Tide, 36-12 in the paint.

“On a night where they dominated us inside and finished layups, we missed them,” said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “Listen guys we’re in the SEC and we’ve got to make layups and you can see down the stretch we really struggled to finish.”

LSU controlled the majority of the first half, holding Alabama to a season-low of 17 points. The Tigers led 29-17 at the half.

The Tide finally found some life in the third quarter, hitting six three-pointers in the frame. Alabama outscored LSU, 21-14, cutting the Tiger lead down to just five, 43-38, heading into the fourth quarter.

The Tide continued to battle making it a one possession game, 48-45, with 7:28 left in the fourth quarter. LSU responded with an 8-0 run pushing the lead out to 56-45, with 3:27 left. The Tigers denied Alabama any chance at building momentum in the final minutes, holding on for the 58-50 victory.

Three Alabama players scored in double figures including Brittany Davis (18), Megan Abrams (16), and Hannah Barber (11). Davis added 11 rebounds, earning her fifth double-double of the season. LSU was led in scoring by Khayla Pointer (23).

“You credit LSU and you move forward, so we’ll have to go home and get ready for Vanderbilt,” said Curry. “It’s our senior day on Sunday and we need to respond.”

Alabama (14-12, 5-10 SEC) looks to finish the season strong on Sunday as they host the Vanderbilt Commodores for the regular season finale. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m. CT on the SEC Network Plus.

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