Kalee Whipple had her second-straight double-double against BYU.
Jan. 30, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY- Despite Kalee Whipple's second-straight double-double, the Utah women's basketball team fell to Brigham Young on Saturday afternoon, 69-52.
Whipple led Utah with 16 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Taryn Wicijowski was also in double figure scoring with 11 points.
Both teams battled hard early in the game with the score tied five times and the lead changing hands four times. BYU gained momentum towards the end of the first half with a 13-4 run over the final 4:30 of the half to lead 32-21 at halftime.
Although the Utes cut the lead to eight over the first 2:30 of the second half with a free-throw from Wicijowski and a jumper by Iwalani Rodrigues, BYU pulled away to take as much as a 25-point lead in the second half.
Utah staged a late rally, starting a furious three-minute, 13-3 run with six minutes left in the second half. Whipple hit four free throws while Sasha McKinnon and Wicijowski each had four points of the run. However, the early deficit was too much for the Utes to overcome down the stretch.
Brigham Young shot over 47-percent from the field, including 10 three-pointers. Utah held the advantage in steals (eight) and turnovers (13).
BYU earned five points towards the Deseret First Duel Rivalry series.
Utah completes the first half of the Mountain West Conference schedule on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Colorado State.