Scores

Final

Alabama 63

(13-17, 2-14 SEC)

Mississippi St 36

(13-17, 5-11 SEC)

Coverage: FULLCT/ESPN3

6:00 PM ET, March 6, 2013

1 2 T
ALA 23 4063
MSST 17 1936

Top Performers

Alabama: M. Perkins 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Mississippi State: D. Gaynor 8 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Alabama 63, Mississippi St. 36

Associated Press

DULUTH, Ga. -- Meghan Perkins scored 17 points, Daisha Simmons added 13 and Alabama beat Mississippi State 63-36 in the play-in game of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Wednesday night.

The Crimson Tide (13-17) won its first SEC tournament game since 2005. Alabama, the lowest seed at No. 13, will face fifth-seeded South Carolina on Thursday.

Darriel Gaynor finished with a team-high eight points for Mississippi State (13-17) as Alabama used a tight zone defense to double-team the ball-handlers and force the 12th-seeded Bulldogs to shoot 22.6 percent, their second-worst performance this season.

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer called a 30-second timeout with 15:32 remaining after Alabama took a 12-point lead when Gaynor's turnover led to a layup by Perkins.

Schaefer looked exasperated just a couple of seconds later as Kendra Grant's turnover led to a jumper by Kaneisha Horn.

Mississippi State had just 10 assists with 20 turnovers.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ALA
MSST
Points 63 36
FG Made-Attempted 22-64 (.344) 14-62 (.226)
3P Made-Attempted 3-17 (.176) 4-26 (.154)
FT Made-Attempted 16-22 (.727) 4-9 (.444)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 29 2

Game Leaders

 
ALA
MSST
PointsM. Perkins 17D. Gaynor 8
ReboundsD. Simmons 10K. Grant 11
AssistsD. Simmons 2D. Gaynor 4
StealsJ. Robinson 5D. Gaynor 1
BlocksD. Simmons 2M. Alwal 4

2012-13 Season

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