Malia Nawahine scored a game-high 12 points at Arizona State on Sunday.
Feb. 23, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - Freshman guard Malia Nawahine turned in her sixth double-figure-point effort of the season, but the University of Utah women's basketball team came up short at No. 20/24 Arizona State, 60-40, in a Pac-12 Conference game on Sunday in Wells Fargo Arena.
Utah (11-16, 4-12 Pac-12) was led by Nawahine, who was 4-for-8 from the field and 3-for-3 from the foul line for a game-high 12 points for her sixth double-figure-point game of the season and the third time she has had 10 or more in the last seven contests.
Michelle Plouffe joined Nawahine in double-figures with 10 points to go along with seven rebounds and a pair of steals. She has had 10 or more points in 23 of 25 games she has played in this season.
Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez added six points along with five rebounds, three assists and one block.
Freshman forward Emily Potter hit two of three shots in the first half for four points to go with two rebounds and a block.
Plouffe banked in a jumper to start the scoring but ASU scored 10 straight before the Utes countered with a 9-2 stretch to pull within one (12-11). The Sun Devils then put together a 9-3 run to push their lead to seven (21-14). A 9-0 run featuring lay-ins by Plouffe, Rodriguez followed by an old-fashioned 3-point play and breakaway lay-in by Nawahine gave Utah a 23-21 lead. The Sun Devils closed the half on a 5-0 run to take a 26-23 advantage into halftime. Nawahine led all scorers in the first half after making four of her five field goal attempts for 10 points as the Utes shot 43.5 (10-23) in the opening 20 minutes, compared to 30.8 (8-26) for the Sun Devils.
No. 20/24 Arizona State (22-6, 11-5 Pac-12) was led by an 11-point performance from Joy Burke, while Deja Mann scored 10.
The Utes begin their regular-season-ending homestand against UCLA on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. MT on the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson (PBP) and Julie Rosseau (Analyst) on the call.