Freshman forward Emily Potter posted her first double-double during Utah's two-overtime win on Saturday at BYU.
Dec. 14, 2013
PROVO, Utah - Senior forward Michelle Plouffe recorded her sixth double-double with game highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the University of Utah women's basketball team to an 82-74 double-overtime win at BYU in a Deseret First Credit Union Duel contest on Saturday in the Marriott Center.
Utah (5-4) shot 50.0 (5-10) from the floor during the overtime periods, compared to 12.5 (2-16) for BYU. The Utes handed the Cougars their first loss of the season and this was Utah's first win over BYU since Mar. 11, 2011 and their first victory in Provo since Jan. 28, 2009.
Tied at 62-62 at the end of regulation, senior forward Michelle Plouffe hit her first 3-pointer of the game in the first possession of the first overtime to give Utah a 65-62 edge. A pair of Cougar free throws brought BYU within a point (65-64) and a 3-pointer by BYU gave the Cougars a 67-65 advantage. Then with 6.5 seconds left, Plouffe caught an in-bounds pass and slashed through the middle of the lane for a finger-roll lay-in to knot the game at 67 points apiece.
Utah started the second overtime with an 8-0 Utah run, started by Plouffe who made another 3-pointer. A Nakia Arquette lay-in and jumper with a Ciera Dunbar free throw then put Utah ahead 75-67. BYU's first score of the second OT did not come until a 3-pointer with 55.7 seconds left. Utah then preserved the victory by converting seven of nine free throws down the stretch on the way to an 82-74 victory.
Plouffe ended the game with a game-high 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to go with three assists and three steals. She was 10-of-12 at the free throw line and connected on two of her four 3-point attempts.
Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez dished out a game-high seven assists and registered her fifth game with 10 or more points this season after scoring 15 points. She also tied her season high with six rebounds.
Junior guard Cheyenne Wilson had her second double-digit-point game of the season as she ended with 11 after hitting three of four shots from long distance. She made her first two shots from the floor and ended 4-of-6 overall.
Senior guard Ciera Dunbar added six points and a pair of rebounds.
Both teams started the game 0-3 from the field and were a combined 2-12. There was one tie early in the first half (3-3) as the first five Ute points all came at the foul line and Potter had a putback to help Utah gain a 7-3 advantage. The Cougars came back to take six of the next eight to knot the game for the second time at nine all. There would be one more tie (11-11) before back-to-back 3-pointers by freshman guard Malia Nawahine and Wilson gave the Utes a 17-11 edge.
The Utes would push their lead to as many as 10 (23-13) after a 4-point play by Rodriguez, but the Cougars would knot the game for the fourth time at 27 all. A running hook shot by Potter gave the Utes a 29-27 edge. Unfortunately, BYU carried a 34-33 lead into halftime. Utah had a 20-17 edge in rebounding over BYU and after hitting its first three 3-point field goal attempts they would go 60.0 in the half. Potter had 14 points on a 6-of-11 shooting performance to go with a team-high five rebounds, while Rodriguez scored six points, had four rebounds and three assists. This was only the second time this season that the Utes trailed at halftime (vs. Butler on Nov. 29).
A Plouffe jumper and transition lay-in by Potter to start the second half gave the Utes a 37-34 lead. BYU re-tied the half, but a Dunbar lay-in on a back door cut and a 3-pointer gave Utah a 42-37 lead. The Cougars then launched a 10-1 run to grab a 47-43 edge before an old fashioned 3-point play by Rodriguez brought the Utes to within two (47-45). BYU held a three-point lead at 49-46, but back-to-back Wilson 3-pointers put the Utes ahead 52-49. Utah would extend its lead to a five-point margin (54-49), but BYU fought back to earn its largest lead of the game, 60-54. A Rodriguez 3-pointer cut Utah's lead in half (60-57) with 2:55 remaining. BYU worked its lead to five (62-57), but a Potter lay-in and Plouffe then drained a free throw and 15-foot jumper to tie the game for the third time in the half at 62-62.
BYU (9-1) was led by a 20-point, five-assist performance by Lexi Eaton.