Taryn Wicijowski had her eighth double-double of the season.
Feb. 23, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Utah women's basketball team struggled in the second half in a 60-46 loss to California on Thursday evening.
The score was tied 27-27 at halftime before Cal opened the second half on a 17-0 run, taking a 44-27 lead before Michelle Plouffe scored the Utes first points of the second half with a layup with 11:56 remaining. Although Utah was able to cut the lead down to 10 in the final minutes of the game, the Bears pulled back ahead in the final seconds.
Iwalani Rodrigues led Utah with 23 points, hitting the 20-point mark for the second time this season. Taryn Wicijowski had her eighth double-double of the season with 17 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
"I am incredibly proud of our effort tonight," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "This team battled their tails off, and we ran out of gas. We competed like crazy in first half, and we didn't make enough shots in the second half - especially to start the second half. They got some transition points and some offensive rebounds, and you can't give those up and win. Cal is a very talented team, but I'm proud of my team and how they competed."
Cal took a 6-0 lead early in the game. After a Utah timeout, the Utes regrouped and started to come back. The Bears led by as many as seven points in the first half. Down 19-14 with six minutes remaining in the first half, the Utes went on a 6-1 run to tie the game at 20-20 with 3:30 left in the half. Utah was able to lead by as many as three points in the waning minutes of the half, coming away with a 27-27 halftime tie. Rodrigues had 15 first-half points. The Utes shot 46 percent from the floor in the first half.
Cal had three players in double-figure scoring, led by Talia Caldwell's double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Utah continues its northern California road trip on Saturday, Feb. 25, at second-ranked Stanford.