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December 8, 2012TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama women's basketball team dropped a 72-58 decision to the Chattanooga Lady Mocs on Saturday afternoon at Foster Auditorium.
"UTC is a very good team," Alabama coach Wendell Hudson said. "They beat Tennessee up at their place by 10, so we knew it was going to be a very tough basketball game. You know, there's no substitute for shooting the basketball. We caused 22 turnovers, and we're doing a lot of things well, but you have to score points in basketball."
Crimson Tide sophomore Daisha Simmons led the game in scoring with 20 points, while senior Alicia Mitcham recorded a team-high 10 rebounds and 11 points for her first double-double of the season.
Chattanooga (7-2) was led by junior Ashlen Dewart, who recorded 19 points, and senior Kayla Christopher, who contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Mocs went on a 19-3 run early in the first. Alabama (5-2) used an 8-0 run later to pull within 31-23, but Chattanooga responded with a 3-pointer to extend its lead back to double digits. The Lady Mocs led 41-27 at halftime.
Chattanooga took its largest lead at the 18:47 mark of the second half, pulling ahead by 17. Alabama went on a 16-6 run over the next eight minutes, making it 52-45.
The Lady Mocs scored 12 of the next 15 points to push the game out of reach.
Chattanooga shot 43.1 percent (28 for 65) from the floor, including 40 percent (10-25) from 3-point range. Alabama shot 28.9 percent (22-76) and 22.7 percent (5-22) from beyond the arc. The Lady Mocs out-rebounded the Tide 57-40.
"The last two games we haven't shot the ball very well," Hudson said. "We shot 22 for 76 today and that was the difference in the game. Look at our percentage and their percentage. Look at our 3-point percentage compared to theirs. Neither team made it to the free throw line very much. They had to out-rebound us because we missed so many shots."
Alabama plays at Troy at 2 p.m. Saturday.