Michelle Plouffe recorded a 17-point, nine-rebound performance on Monday at Oregon State.
Feb. 10, 2014
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior forward Michelle Plouffe tied for game-high honors with 17 points and chased down a team-high nine rebounds, but the University of Utah women's basketball team lost a 60-47 decision at Oregon State on Monday at Gill Coliseum.
Utah (10-13, 3-9 Pac-12) tied its season low with seven turnovers in the contest, which was also a Pac-12 Conference season-low mark. The Utes' previous mark for fewest turnovers this season was seven against Utah Valley on Dec. 11, 2013 and their previous best mark in Pac-12 play was eight at Washington on Jan. 17, 2014.
Plouffe just came up one rebound shy of her 11th double-double of the season as her 17 points gave her the 19th double-digit game in 21 outings in 2013-14. She also came up with a game-high three steals and handed out one assist.
Junior guard Cheyenne Wilson turned 13 points thanks to a 6-of-8 night from the field for her third double-digit-effort in the last four games and her sixth of the season. She hit her first six shots and also dished out three assists.
Freshman Emily Potter recorded eight points and pulled down eight boards to go along with three blocks and two assists.
Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez gave out four assists and came up with three steals.
A pair of Rodriguez free throws opened the scoring before OSU scored six straight. Utah countered with a 10-0 run to grab a 12-6 advantage and would lead by as many as seven (19-12). The Beavers then scored nine of the next 11 to tie the game for the second time at 21 all. A Wilson jumper and Plouffe free throw put the Utes ahead 24-21 before an OSU 3-pointer tied the game for the third time heading into halftime. Utah is now 2-2 in contests that were tied at halftime this season. Plouffe connected on her first four shots and poured in nine points to go with six rebounds during the first 20 minutes. Wilson hit all three of her field goal attempts for six points, while Potter grabbed five rebounds.
Oregon State (15-9, 7-5 Pac-12) received a 17-point, 14-rebound output by Ruth Hamblin.