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USC Outlasts Utah Women's Basketball, 55-47

After putting up 15 at USC, Michelle Plouffe is Utah's sixth all-time leading scorer.

After putting up 15 at USC, Michelle Plouffe is Utah's sixth all-time leading scorer.

Jan. 5, 2014

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - With 15 points, senior forward Michelle Plouffe moved into sixth place on the school's career scoring chart, but the University of Utah women's basketball team dropped a 55-47 decision at USC on Sunday in the Galen Center.

Utah (7-6, 0-2 Pac-12) outshot USC, 31.5 (17-54) to 28.0 (14-50), and held a 49-33 edge in rebounds. The Utes were 7-of-19 (36.8) from 3-point territory in the game, compared to a 1-of-11 (9.1) mark for the Trojans.

Plouffe scored a team-high 15 points for her 10th double-digit point game in 11 outings this year and moved past Anne Hardy (1,760 career points from 1981-85) for sixth place on the school's all-time scoring list. Plouffe now has 1,763 career points to go with 983 career rebounds.

Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez was the second Ute in double-digits as she poured in 11 for her eighth game with 10 or more points this season. Rodriguez has scored at least 10 in five of Utah's last six contests. The Downey, Calif., native also dished out a game-high seven assists to go with five rebounds.

Freshman guard Devri Owens tied her season high with nine points off a 3-for-5 performance from beyond the arc. She also collected two rebounds.

Freshman forward Emily Potter equaled her season-high with 11 rebounds for her third double-digit rebound performance of this season. Redshirt freshman forward Nakia Arquette was second on the squad with seven rebounds.

Ariel Reynolds tied her season high with three points and also came up with her first steal of the season and the second of her career. Senior guard Ciera Dunbar scored three points and was credited with three rebounds.



A Cheyenne Wilson 3-pointer opened scoring for the Utes before a Rodriguez lay-in and the Utes would open up their lead to as many as six (10-4) after putting together a 5-0 run. The Trojans countered with a 9-3 run to tie the game for the first time at 13 points apiece and the contest would be tied two more times (14, 16) before a 5-0 Trojan run gave the home team a 21-16 edge. Owens cut into the deficit with a 3-pointer, but Utah would head to intermission facing a 23-19 deficit. Owens had a team-high six points after a pair of first-half 3-pointers, while Plouffe and Rodriguez chipped in five apiece. Potter corralled a game-high seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes and Arquette added five.

The Utes hit their first two shots in the second half A Rodriguez lay-in off give-and-go action from Plouffe and a Dunbar 3-pointer allowed Utah to regain the lead, 24-23. The Utes hit three of their first six shots, while the Utah defense limited USC to a 3-for-19 (15.8) start from the field in the half while building a nine-point edge (39-30). The Trojans countered with an 8-1 run to pull within two (40-38), but a jumper and 3-pointer by Plouffe gave the Utes a 45-38 lead. Unfortunately, USC closed the game on a 17-2 run to pick up the 55-47 victory. Utah held USC to a 23.1 (6-26) percentage from the floor in the half, while the Utes shot 40.0 (4-10) from long distance in the final 20 minutes.

USC (10-5, 3-0 Pac-12) was led by 17 points from Brianna Barrett and 16 from Cassie Harberts.

Utah hosts No. 4 Stanford on Friday in the Huntsman Center. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks with Ann Schatz (PBP) and Ros Gold-Onwude (Analyst) calling the action.

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