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Utah Women's Basketball Edged by No. 14/23 Arizona State, 65-62

Senior forward Michelle Plouffe scored a Pac-12 season high 22 points on Friday against No. 14/23 Arizona State.

Senior forward Michelle Plouffe scored a Pac-12 season high 22 points on Friday against No. 14/23 Arizona State.

Jan. 24, 2014

Box Score

SALT LAKE CITY - Senior forward Michelle Plouffe set her new Pac-12 Conference season high with 22 points, but the University of Utah women's basketball team was edged by No. 14/23 Arizona State, 65-62, on Friday in the Huntsman Center.

Utah (8-10, 1-6 Pac-12) shot 52.2 (24-46) from the floor during the contest against ASU.

Plouffe's personal Pac-12 season high of 22 points came after a 9-of-17 shooting night. She also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, tied her season high with four steals and handed out three assists. The Edmonton, Alberta native was also 2-of-4 from 3-point territory and connected on her first four shots of the contest, including her first two attempts from 3-point territory, for her 15th double-figure point game in 16 outings this season.

Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez joined Plouffe in double-digits in points as she posted 11 points off a 5-of-7 outing from the field. Rodriguez has scored 10 or more points 11 times in 2013-14.

Freshman Emily Potter made three of her first four attempts and ended with a total of nine points to go with six boards and a block. She connected on three of her first four shots and was 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.

Ciera Dunbar handed out a game-high five assists, which fell just one short of tying her career high. She also chipped in five points off a 5-of-6 night at the free throw line. Freshman guard Devri Owens matched Dunbar's five points by going 2-of-6 from the floor, including her first 2-point basket of the season.

The Sun Devils scored the opening bucket but Utah scored five straight to grab a three-point lead, 5-2. ASU came back to tie the game for the second half at nine points apiece and the Sun Devils would get out to a six-point lead (15-9) before Utah would knot the game for the third time after two lay-ins by Rodriguez and one by freshman forward Wendy Anae. The game would be tied three more times (17, 19 and 21) before a 5-0 Plouffe run followed by a Cheyenne Wilson jumper gave Utah a 28-23 edge. ASU closed the half on a 6-0 stretch and would take a 29-28 lead into halftime. The Utes hit their first four shots and seven of their first 10 before ending the half with a 52.0 (13-25) percentage from the floor. Plouffe knocked down her first four shots, including her first two attempts from 3-point range, and ended the first 20 minutes 4-of-6 from the floor for 10 points. She was also 2-of-3 from distance to go with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

 

 

The Utes connected on three of their first four shots and took six of the first eight points of the second half to regain the lead, 34-31, as ASU missed two of its first seven shots in the second half. ASU came back to grab a 37-34 lead before an old-fashioned 3-point play by Potter evened the game at 37 all. The Sun Devils scored six straight and would push to an eight-point lead (57-49). With under two minutes remaining, Dunbar was fouled on a 3-point attempt and drained all three to pull Utah within two (60-58). The Sun Devils split the subsequent 1-and-1 opportunity at the foul line and a Rodriguez lay-in brought Utah within a point (61-60) with 28.2 seconds remaining. Rodriguez got to the basket again for another lay-up to put the Utes ahead 62-61 with 14 seconds to play, but ASU scored the last four points of the game and came away with the 65-62 victory. The Utes converted 11 of their 21 shots in the final 20 minutes for a 52.4 mark.

No. 14/23 Arizona State (16-3, 5-2 Pac-12) was led by an 18-point, five-rebound outing by Deja Mann.

The Utes host Arizona on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. MT. Buy tickets at utahtickets.com. The game will be streamed live at pac-12.com and Rick Bouillon's radio play-by-play call for ESPN700.

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