Alabama blasts Lady Gamecocks
TUSCALOOSA – The Jacksonville State women’s basketball team dropped its season opener to Alabama, 80-43, on Sunday afternoon in Foster Auditorium on the Alabama campus.

A sluggish start by the Gamecocks proved to be the difference in the contest as the Crimson Tide built a 20-point, 27-7 lead by the midway point of the opening half.  Alabama took advantage of JSU 17 first half turnovers and turned them into points on the offensive end of the floor. 

JSU sophomore Candace Morton scored six of her final nine points total in the first half.  She shared team-high scoring honors with senior Amanda McCarthy, who knocked down nine free throws, including eight in the final 20 minutes.  Sophomore Marikate Gardler came off the bench to spark the Gamecocks with four rebounds and a basket in the first half and added two more points in the second half.

The slow start to the half continued after intermission as Jax State did not hit its first basket until the 15:35 mark of the half on a Brian Morrow shot. 

Jax State continues its season-opening road trip on Wednesday in Atlanta against Georgia State.  Tip off is set for 6 p.m. CST.
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