Freshman guard Malia Nawahine turned in a career-high 19 points on Saturday at Oregon.
Feb. 8, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - Freshman guard Malia Nawahine scored a career-high 19 points, but the University of Utah women's basketball team was defeated at Oregon, 93-71, on Saturday in Matthew Knight Arena.
Utah (10-12, 3-8 Pac-12) set its new Pac-12 season high with 71 points after shooting 45.8 (27-59) from the floor as a team. Four Utes registered 10 or more points for the second time in Pac-12 play and the sixth time overall this season.
Nawahine set her new career high with a team-best 19 points after making four of her six 3-pointers and was 7-of-12 overall. She also tied her career-high with three assists and grabbed two rebounds. Her previous season-best mark was 18 against Samford on Dec. 21, 2013.
Junior guard Cheyenne Wilson turned in a career-high 16 points off a 6-for-11 shooting performance, including a 2-for-4 effort from distance. Wilson has been in double-figures six times this season and she also dished out three assists and chased down three rebounds.
Senior forward Michelle Plouffe posted her 10th double-double of the season as she tied her season-high with 15 rebounds, her 11th game with 10 or more rebounds this season. Her 13 points off a 5-for-11 shooting outing was her 18th game with 10 or more points in 20 outings this season. The Edmonton, Alberta native also swatted a season-high three shots and handed out three assists.
Freshman forward Emily Potter registered her 14th game with 10 or more, including 12 of last 16 outings, off a 5-of-8 shooting outing.
Freshman guard Devri Owens dished out a career-high four assists and came up with a career high two steals to go with five rebounds and three points.
The two teams combined for an 0-for-10 shooting start before a Plouffe free throw and a pair by Wilson opened the scoring and the Utes a 3-0 edge as Oregon missed its first seven shots. The Ducks countered with eight consecutive points before lay-ins by Rodriguez and Potter and a 3-pointer by Nawahine sparked a 7-3 run that brought the Utes within one, 11-10. Utah worked its deficit back to one on two more occasions (14-13, 18-17), but Oregon scored four straight to open a 22-17 edge. The Utes came back with an 8-2 (25-24) stretch to regain the lead for the first time since the 3-0 mark. Utah tied the game three more times with the last one coming at 36-36, which stood as the halftime score. The Utes shot 59.1 (13-22) from the floor in the half with a 19-18 edge in rebounding and a 4-2 lead in blocks. Wilson was 5-of-9 from floor in the first 20 minutes, while Plouffe had eight rebounds to go with five points. Nawahine poured in nine points off a 3-for-3 performance from long range, while Potter was 2-of-3 from the field for six points.
Nawahine hit her first 3-point attempt of the second half and the game was tied at 43-43 before a 7-0 run gave the home team a 50-43 edge. UO would go on to lead by as many as 13 (63-48) before the Utes put together a 6-0 spurt to close within single digits (63-54).
Oregon (13-9, 4-7 Pac-12) was led by 38 points and nine rebounds by Chrishae Rowe.
The Utes head over to Corvallis to face Oregon State on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks. Ann Schatz (PBP) and Tammy Blackburn (Analyst) will call the action and Rick Bouillon will have the radio play-by-play call for ESPN700.