Michelle Plouffe became the third Ute to have 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds Friday at Arizona.
Feb. 21, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. - Senior forward Michelle Plouffe became the third Ute in school history to surpass 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds over her career and the University of Utah women's basketball team defeated Arizona, 52-47, on Friday in the McKale Center.
Utah (11-15, 4-11 Pac-12) had three players with double-digits in points and earned a 33-30 lead in team rebounding over Arizona.
"We hung in there during the first half," Utah Head Coach Anthony Levrets said. "In the second half, we came out with a lot of energy and executed. We played really well and made just enough plays to win."
Plouffe became the school's all-time leading rebounder and the third member of Utah's 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club. She ended the game against the Wildcats with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with two assists. Plouffe went 6-for-11 from the floor to go with two assists. Plouffe has now scored 10 or more points in 22 of the 24 games she has played in this season and this was her ninth contest in 2013-14 with 10 or more boards.
"She's an incredible player," Levrets said. "She has such an impact on the game. She does so many things well. Defensively, she can guard multiple positions, helps our younger kids a ton."
Freshman forward Emily Potter knocked down six of her nine field goal attempts for 12 points, while chasing down six boards. She handed out a career-high three assists and had three blocks.
Junior guard Cheyenne Wilson joined them in double-digits with 10 points off a 4-of-5 outing from the floor, including a 2-for-3 mark from 3-point territory. The Seattle, Wash., native has had 10 or more points in eight games this season.
Freshman guard Malia Nawahine shot 3-of-6 from the floor for eight points and tied her career high for the fifth time with five rebounds. She also had two assists.
The Utes hit their first three shots and the game was tied three times within the first three minutes (6-6) before the Wildcats led by as many as seven (22-15). Arizona took a 25-20 lead into the half. Utah earned an 18-16 edge in the boards in the first frame as Wilson was 2-for-3 from the field for a team-high five points, while Plouffe and Potter scored four in the first 20 minutes.
Jumpers by Rodriguez and Potter opened up a 14-2 run to start the half and brought Utah to a 34-27 lead. The Utes buried five of their first six shots in the second frame and built their lead to as large as 11 (46-35) on the way to the 52-47 victory. Utah shot 60.9 (14-23) from the floor in the second half as Plouffe made four of seven attempts for 10 points to go with five boards. Potter pitched in eight points after going 4-for-6 in addition to three rebounds and a pair of blocks.
"A lot of the second-half adjustments were just staying true to who we are," Levrets said. "Our kids did a great job following the scouting report and the guarding 1-on-1. With as much as Arizona dribbles, it's very difficult to contain them for a whole game, but we did a nice job."
Arizona (5-21, 1-14 Pac-12) was led by 14 points from Breanna Workman and a 10-point, eight-rebound effort from LaBrittney Jones.
The Utes travel to Tempe to take on Arizona State Sunday at 1 p.m. MT on the Pac-12 Networks with Matt McConnell (PBP) and Julie Rousseau (Analyst) calling the action.