Cheyenne Wilson tied her career high with 12 points against Oregon.
March 3, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - The Utah women's basketball team closed out the regular season with a 70-52 win over Oregon on Sunday, March 3.
Four players scored in double figures for the Utes, led by 18 points and nine rebounds from Taryn Wicijowski. Iwalani Rodrigues scored 17 points with eight rebounds and Michelle Plouffe tallied 13 points and had eight boards with a career-high eight assists. Cheyenne Wilson tied her career high with 12 points.
Utah jumped out quickly, taking a 15-6 lead through the first six minutes of the game. The Utes led by as many as 17 points in the first half, leading 41-25 at halftime. It was the most first-half points Utah has scored in Pac-12 play, and the most since scoring 41 first-half points against Utah State on Nov. 27. The Utes 6-of-12 from three-point range in the first half.
Utah led by as many as 25 points in the second half. Oregon was able to take advantage of a five-minute scoring drought to cut the lead to 15 points, 63-48 with four minutes left in the game, but the Utes scored the next seven points to push the lead back up to 22 with 1:30 left in the game, 70-48.
The Utes shot 48 percent from the floor and were 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.
"Really happy with how we played defensively, especially in that first half, and a lot of that had to do with our offensive execution and taking care of the basketball so that there was no opportunities for them to run," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "We only gave them one basket that we would consider a transition basket. Overall, really pleased with the defensive effort, especially in transition.
Utah will open the conference tournament on Thursday, March 7. Utah is the sixth seed playing 11th-seeded Arizona at 2:30 p.m. MT.
"Anytime you get a win at the end of the year it makes you feel better going forward," Levrets said. "We were really disappointed on Friday night, but it's one of those things that you have to recover from and you feel better going into Thursday's game with a win under your belt."