Women's Basketball Falls To Alabama, 66-65
Dec. 29, 2001
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Junior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted a game-high 15 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes, but it was not enough as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team fell to Alabama, 66-65, in the first round of the PNC Wildcat Classic.
Junior Amber Sneed (Cincinnati, Ohio) stole the ball with 39 seconds left in a 65-65 game, but Shondra Johnson stole it back for the Crimson Tide with 23 seconds left before the Minutewomen could get a shot off. Katie Sipe made a free throw for Alabama with 0.9 seconds left in the game for the win. Although she missed the second free throw, UMass did not get the ball back with enough time to get a shot off.
Junior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and freshman Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) scored 14 and 13 points respectively for the Minutewomen, who shot 44 percent for the game. Nelson also dished out 6 of UMass' season-high 17 assists in 38 minutes of action. Freshman guard Monique Govan (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in with 5 assists. Butler added three blocked shots and two of the team's 12 steals, while Sneed pulled down seven of her 11 boards from the offensive side. She also added a team-high three steals.
The Minutewomen shot a season-high 74 percent (14-19) from the free throw line, led by Smith's 4-4, while committing a season-low 19 turnovers. They outrebounded the Crimson Tide 44-25.
The Crimson Tide were led by LaNisha Cartwell and Sipe, who each scored 12 points.
The loss drops Massachusetts to 1-9, while Alabama improves to 9-3.
The Minutewomen will play either Rider or host Villanova in tomorrow's PNC Wildcat Classic consolation game at 1:00 p.m.