Alabama loses second game at Arizona tournament


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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Kierra Anthony had a game-high 25 points, and Raizel Gunto added 17 to lead the Louisiana Tech women's basketball team to a 79-62 victory against Alabama on Sunday on the final day of the Arizona State Classic at the Wells Fargo Arena. 


With the loss the Crimson Tide fall to 5-3, while the Lady Techsters improve to 5-3. 


Anthony added seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals for Louisiana Tech, which built a 22-11 lead after 10 minutes and cruised from there. 


Junior Cierra Johnson led the Tide with 15 points and four assists, while senior Shaquera Wade had 13 points. Freshman De'Sha Benjamin had 11 and freshman Allie Craig Cruce added 10. 


Trailing 39-27 at halftime, Alabama used a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 39-34 with 8 minutes, 13 seconds to go in the third quarter. Louisiana Tech responded by outscoring Alabama 18-5 for the remainder of the quarter and took the 57-39 advantage. 


Alabama shot 33 percent (21-for-63) from the field, while Louisiana Tech hit 47 percent (31-for-66). 


Alabama will play host to South Alabama at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in its annual 5th Grade Fastbreak game at Coleman Coliseum.



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