Jan. 13, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's basketball team struggled to score in the second half as the Utes fell to 23rd-ranked Colorado, 56-43, on Sunday afternoon.
Utah shot just 26 percent in the game, including shooting 20 percent in the second half.
The Utes fall to 9-6 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-12 with the loss.
"Incredibly frustrated right now," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "Not angry, but frustrated for and with my team. They are incredible young people who have worked very hard. The thing that's most disappointing is that we felt early on in the season that we were a really good basketball team. And for some reason, offensively, we have been struggling to make shots. I'm most disappointed for them because they are devastated right now about how they're playing, and we've got to figure out how to get them in a positive frame of mind as we continue.
"I think the last thing that you want to do when you're in a shooting slump is talk about shooting. This week [in practice] we just played games, just to have some fun shooting in practice. We're knocking down shot after shot after shot. Then you see those shots missed [in games]. It's disheartening for me, but they are the ones who are out there. They know they are getting open looks, and we're just missing, and that becomes incredibly frustrating, and we're going to have to work our way out. I love my team. This is the most fun that I've ever had, being around them, and I'm disappointed and frustrated for what they are going through."
The Utes held Colorado to 56 points, the Buffs third-lowest scoring output of the year.
Utah led by as many as five points in the first half. The Utes were down by two at halftime, 25-23. Wicijowski had nine first-half points for the Utes.
With Utah down by five points in the second half, 35-30 after a three-pointer from Plouffe, a 7-0 Colorado (13-2, 2-2 Pac-12) run put the Buffs up by 12 points, 42-30 with 11:30 left in the game.
Utah rallied behind a pair of free throws from Plouffe and Wicijowski and a three from Rachel Messer, cutting the lead to seven points, 37-44 with nine minutes remaining before Colorado came back with seven-straight baskets to push its lead to 14 points, 51-37 with 4:30 left in the contest. The Buffs would hold as much as a 15-point lead in the final minutes.
The Utes return to the court on Friday, Jan. 18, hosting Arizona at 7:00 p.m. MT. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.