Utah loses close one at Alabama in women's basketball

In a battle from start to finish with four lead changes, the Utah women’s basketball team fell to Alabama 65-60 on Monday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Utah led by 10 points in the first half, but Alabama got back into the game in the third quarter.

“I thought we controlled the first half and they controlled the second,” Utes coach Lynne Roberts said. “They scored 22 second-half free throws, so it really was a tale of two halves. We had a great shot to win it, but it didn’t fall in our favor.”

The Utes were led in by Megan Huff, with 13 points and eight rebounds, and Emily Potter, who added 11 points and six boards before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Tilar Clark and Daneesha Provo both added seven points, with Tori Williams contributing eight points and seven rebounds.

“This was good for us,” Roberts said. “Win or lose, we knew we would learn from this game. This is going to get us ready for Pac-12 play.”

Utah will return to action when it travels to Weber State on Friday. The game is set for a 7 p.m. tip.