Feb. 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The Utah women's basketball team closed out a four-game road stretch with a 70-42 loss to 18th-ranked UCLA on Sunday afternoon.
UCLA is the seventh ranked team that the Utes have played in Pac-12 play this season.
"It's been really tough," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "We played seven of our first 10 games against the top 25, then back-to-back road weekends. Over the course of the season everything evens out as far as the schedule, and we just hope by the end of the season we are playing our best basketball and can put ourselves in position for the tournament over our next eight games."
Utah (11-10, 2-8 Pac-12) was held under 50 points for the fourth time this season.
Utah scored a season-low 16 points in the first half, shooting 29 percent from the floor with 10 turnovers. UCLA led 7-0 before Plouffe put Utah's first point on the board with a free throw with 14:04 left in the half, and Utah trailed 14-1 before Plouffe scored the Utes first field goal of the half with 11:19 remaining. The Bruins held as much as a 20-point lead in the first half and led 34-16 at halftime.
"[UCLA] put a lot of pressure on the ball, and they are big and long at every single position," Levrets said. "They started a lineup that we haven't seen them start this year. They have size at every single position, and they are just as athletic at that size as we are at smaller sizes."
Utah returns to the friendly confines of the Huntsman Center on Friday, Feb. 8, against Oregon. The Utes tip off against the Ducks at 7:00 p.m. MT.