Dec. 28, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
The women's basketball team struggled on both sides of the ball in game one of the Cavalier Classic, resulting in a 79-59 loss to Princeton on Saturday at the John Paul Jones Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide stands at 6-6 on the season, while the win lifts the Tigers to 8-4.
Freshman Ashley Williams had a game-high tying 21 points to lead Alabama's offense, in addition to a team-best six rebounds. Junior Daisha Simmons followed with 13 points. Princeton was led by senior Kristen Helmstetter, who had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, in addition to seven assists.
The first half went back and forth with neither team leading by more than five points. Princeton got on the scoreboard first with a pair of free throws from Helmstetter at the 19:17 mark before Alabama answered with two free throws from sophomore Nikki Hegstetter seconds later. From there, the half saw three more ties and six lead changes with the final change coming with 1:42 to play. The Tigers closed out the frame on a 9-0 run to lead 35-30 at the break.
Princeton picked up where it left off, outscoring the Tide 16-2 over the first seven minutes of the second half. The Tigers would go on to lead by as many as 26 in the contest.
For the game, Alabama shot 33.3 percent (19-57) and only 7.7 percent (1-13) from three-point range, while Princeton hit 45.3 percent (29-64) of its attempts overall and 33.3 percent (6-18) from beyond the arc. The Tigers out-rebounded the Tide, 54-35, and had 22 assists compared to Alabama's four.
The Tide will now face the loser of the game between Virginia and Coppin State at either 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.
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