SALT LAKE CITY – The Alabama women’s basketball dropped its first road game of the season against Utah, 72-62, on Tuesday night inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utes improve to 2-0 while the Crimson Tide falls to 1-1 on the year.
Junior Jasmine Walker was just one point away from tying a career high with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, while freshman De’Sha Benjamin and junior Cierra Johnson each finished with 13 points apiece. Junior Jordan Lewis also chipped in 11 points and three steals.
Benjamin put the Tide up early on in the game with back-to-back three pointers to give UA the 16-11 advantage with 3:49 remaining in the opening quarter. Alabama carried the 21-16 edge into the second quarter of action.
In the second, the Utes clamped down on defense and outscored the Tide 16-8 to take a 32-29 lead into the halftime break.
To start the second half, Utah began to build its lead and took a nine-point lead into the final 10 minutes of play. The Tide scored 20 points in the final frame, but the Utes hung on to win 72-62.
Next up, Alabama takes on SMU Thursday, Nov. 15 in Dallas, Texas. The Crimson Tide and Mustangs are set to tipoff at 7 p.m. CT.