Freshman forward Emily Potter scored 10 or more points for the seventh straight game on Friday at UCLA.
Jan. 3, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Freshman forward Emily Potter posted her seventh consecutive game with 10 or more points, but the University of Utah women's basketball team dropped its Pac-12 Conference opener at UCLA, 55-38, on Friday at Pauley Pavilion.
Utah (7-5, 0-1 Pac-12) held a 47-37 edge in team rebounding and limited the Bruins to a 36.2 shooting percentage from the floor.
Potter totaled 12 points for her seventh straight double-figure-point game, and ninth of the season, after shooting 6-of-12 from the floor to go with six rebounds.
Senior guard Ciera Dunbar connected on two of her first three, 3-point attempts and ended the game with eight points.
Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez tied her career high with nine rebounds and also handed out two assists.
Senior forward Michelle Plouffe registered her seventh game with 10 or more rebounds this season as she tied for game-high honors by corralling 10 rebounds to go with six points and an assist and block. The Edmonton, Alberta native now has 978 career rebounds and 1,748 career points.
Junior forward Cheyenne Wilson connected on a pair of 3-pointers for six points and was credited with a pair of rebounds. Redshirt freshman forward Nakia Arquette grabbed seven caroms, while freshman guard Malia Nawahine scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and distributed two assists.
The Bruins scored the first 10 points of the game before a Rodriguez lay-in opened the scoring for the Utes. UCLA would lead by as many as 18 (22-4) before a 5-2 run including a Dunbar 3-pointer and Nawahine layup brought Utah within 15 (24-9). Dunbar's second 3-pointer of the half and a pair of Potter lay-ins were part of a 7-0 run brought the Utes within 10 (26-16) and UCLA took a 28-16 lead into halftime. Dunbar's six points paced the offense in the first half and Rodriguez grabbed a team-high five rebounds and the Utes trailed at halftime for the third time this season and were 1-1 in those games.
The Utes continue league play at USC on Sunday. Tipoff from the Galen Center is set for 4 p.m. PT. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks with Jim Watson (PBP) and Ann Meyers Drysdale (Analyst) calling the action. Rick Bouillon will have the radio play-by-play call on ESPN700.