Michelle Plouffe scored 20 points and distributed four assists on Senior Day against UCLA.
March 2, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Forward Michelle Plouffe turned in her 12th game of the season with 20 or more points on Senior Day, but the University of Utah women's basketball team fell 62-52 to UCLA in its regular-season finale Sunday in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Utah (11-18, 4-14 Pac-12) had two players hit double-figures in points, led by Plouffe's 20 points. She was 7-of-16 from the field to go with four assists and four rebounds. She has had 12 games of 20 or more this season and hit double-figures in points in 25 of 27 games that she has played in this season.
Freshman forward Emily Potter scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. She turned in her 16th game with 10 or more points of her freshman campaign and was just two rebounds shy of recording her fourth double-double this season.
Junior guard Cheyenne Wilson added eight points and chased down four rebounds, while sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez handed out four assists. Freshman guard Malia Nawahine contributed four points and had three assists.
Senior Ciera Dunbar grabbed a career-high six rebounds to go with four points.
Three-pointers by Wilson and Dunbar with a Potter jumper gave the Utes an early 8-2 lead. The Utes connected on two of their first three 3-point attempts. Utah led 12-8 before an 11-1 Bruin run gave the visitors the lead for the first time at 19-13. A Plouffe breakaway lay-in followed by Wilson's second 3-pointer of the contest cut Utah's deficit to one, 19-18. Unfortunately, UCLA scored four straight to grab their largest lead of the game at 23-18. The Utes stormed back with a 9-2 spurt, capped by a Plouffe 3-pointer and jumper, to tie the game for the second time at 25 points apiece. Plouffe then buried a jump shot as time expired in the half to give Utah a 27-25 heading into the locker room. The Utes were 4-of-11 from 3-point range, while the Bruins did not make a long-range attempt. Plouffe knocked down five of her 10 shots in the first 20 minutes for 12, while Potter grabbed four rebounds.
UCLA (13-17, 7-13 Pac-12) was led by a 17-point, four-assist performance by Nirra Fields.
Utah has been assigned to Game 4 of the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament First Round on Thursday, Mar. 6. The 11th-seeded Utes will face sixth-seeded Washington (17-12, 10-8 Pac-12) at 8:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks.