Dec. 8, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Taryn Wicijowski had her second double-double of the season as the Utah women's basketball team fell to BYU, 53-48, on Saturday evening.
It was Utah's first loss of the season. The Utes fall to 7-1 on the year.
The Utes struggled to score, shooting just 25 percent from the floor and only making one three.
"I am proud of how we competed today," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "If you'd have told me that we would hold [BYU] to 34 percent shooting from the field and they were going to score 53 points, I would have told you that we had a pretty good chance to win. We just didn't knock down shots today. We are a really good shooting team and for whatever reason today, the ball didn't go in the basket. I think a lot of that has to do with BYU's defense, but we missed some open shots that we normally make. I'm really proud of my team and their effort; we just have to come back and continue to improve.
"I'm really happy with how we defended. I was really happy with everything, except the fact that the ball didn't go in the basket tonight. We're shooting almost 50 percent from the field this season and almost 42 percent from three and we missed shots tonight."
BYU led most of the game, and held as much as a nine-point lead early in the second half.
BYU led by five points, 45-40, with five minutes remaining. As both teams went long stretches trading missed shots in the final minutes, Wicijowski hit a pair of free throws and was fouled on a layup, hitting her subsequent free throw to tie the game at 45 all with 2:50 remaining. After the two teams traded free throws with each team making one basket, Wicijowski hit a long jumper that balanced on the edge of the rim before sinking in to give the Utes a two-point lead, 48-46 with 1:56 remaining.
BYU's Stephanie Seaborn scored the game-winning three-pointer with a minute remaining. The Utes fouled BYU point guard Haley Steed twice in the final seconds, and she went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line to help the Cougars to the win.
The Cougars had eight three's on the night.
Wicijowski was playing despite a sprained ankle suffered earlier this week in practice.
"I was really shocked that she could play," Levrets said. "She got 15 rebounds and played 37 minutes, and on Wednesday we didn't think she was going to be able to play today. She's good, and she's tough. She's a hockey player playing basketball and I shouldn't have doubted that she was going to play."
Utah takes the week of for finals before returning to the Huntsman Center on Saturday, Dec. 15, to face Houston Baptist.
"We'll see where we can improve over the next couple of weeks as we head closer to conference," Levrets said. "I love my team. I think we have a chance to be good. One loss doesn't change where we think we're going to be in March and the direction that this group is going to go."