Tuscaloosa, Ala. --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team committed 36 turnovers in an 82-55 loss to Alabama Friday night in Coleman Coliseum.
"I saw some good things from some of my players," said head coach Tracee Wells. "We have a very young team so we knew handling the pressure was going to be an issue for us but saw some positive things for us in moving forward."
A number of empty possessions including five turnovers led to Tennessee State (0-1) falling behind, 7-0, at the first media timeout. A 3-pointer from Meredith Stafford finally got TSU on the board at the 14:29 mark before a bucket from Jasmine Brimm made the score 15-7 in favor of Alabama (1-0).
With a less than two minutes left in the first half, two free-throws from Jasmin Shuler brought the score to 34-20. The Tide however went on an 8-2 run to carry a 42-22 lead into the break.
The Crimson Tide scored 21 points off of the Lady Tigers' 20 first half turnovers.
Turnovers continued to plague the Lady Tigers in the second half as the Crimson Tide moved ahead 62-30 with 13:06 on the clock following consecutive TSU turnovers.
At the 12:05 mark, Simone Hopes knocked down a 15-footer to end a three-minute scoring drought and sparked a 7-0 run by the Lady Tigers. TSU used other small spurts throughout the half but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Tennessee State shot 40.4 percent from the field but and gave up 38 points off of turnovers in the game.
"Turnovers are something that we absolutely have to work on but credit Alabama for the defense that they played. They challenged us and they did what we expected them to do. So we just have to be able to handle that pressure in our future games."
The Lady Tigers return to action on Tuesday, Nov.16 at Southern Illinois. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. at SIU arena.