Dec. 4, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team dropped a 75-57 decision to the University of Tennessee at Martin on Wednesday night in Foster Auditorium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 3-5 on the season, while the win brings the Skyhawks to 6-3.
"Tonight, I was not pleased at all," said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. "I thought our leadership and our back court was poor. We seemed to really not sustain long periods of time with the game plan. We've got to do a better job with that, with teaching that and continue to work on it."
After a back-and-forth battle over the first several minutes, UT Martin scored 19 unanswered points to head into halftime with a 41-26 lead. Alabama used an 11-0 run early in the second half to pull within eight points of the Skyhawks, but would not get any closer for the duration of the contest.
Ashley Williams led the Tide's offensive efforts with a career-high tying 18 points, and Daisha Simmons followed with 11 points, in addition to a team-best seven rebounds, two steals and one block. Bri Hutchen provided a spark off the bench, scoring eight points during a nine-minute span. UT Martin got 22 points from Heather Butler and 18 points from Jasmine Newsome.
For the game, Alabama was 41.7 percent (25-60) from the floor, while UT Martin hit 49.2 percent (29-59) of its attempts. The Skyhawks were also 12-of-16 from the free throw line. Alabama had a season-high 22 turnovers, which UT Martin scored 30 points off of.
The Tide returns to the court on Sunday, Dec. 8, when it hosts Houston in Foster Auditorium. The game is slated to begin at 2 p.m. CT.
"Nobody holds themselves more accountable than I do," added Curry. "I am going to continue to see what I can do to help us get better every day. Hopefully you will see a different team out there on Sunday. We have got to maintain some consistency for longer periods of time in practice and longer periods of time in games. It starts with our leadership."
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