Senior forward Michelle Plouffe scored a Pac-12 season high 22 points on Friday against No. 14/23 Arizona State.
Jan. 24, 2014
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.
No. 14/23 Arizona State (16-3, 5-2 Pac-12) was led by an 18-point, five-rebound outing by Deja Mann.