Michelle Plouffe had a team-high nine rebounds against Colorado.
March 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Utah women's basketball team fell to Colorado, 55-41, in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Buffs used a big first-half lead en route to the victory.
After Colorado took a 12-10 lead after a Chucky Jeffery layup with 11:20 remaining, both teams went on a long scoring drought, going nearly four minutes without a basket. Wicijowski broke the Utah scoring drought with a free-throw with 5:21 remaining, but Colorado continued its run, pulling ahead to a 30-11 lead with 1:15 remaining and led 32-15 at halftime. The Utes shot just 23-percent from the floor in the first half and had nine turnovers, which Colorado converted into 11 points. Buffs also took advantage of free throws, going 9-for-13 from the charity stripe.
Utah rallied in the second half to cut the deficit down to seven points. Down by 17, 42-25 with 11:20 remaining, Plouffe started an 11-1 run with a three-pointer. Wicijowski went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line during the run, while Iwalani Rodrigues also had two free throws, to put the score at 43-36 with 5:37 remaining.
Colorado used free throws to push its lead back up into double digits in the final minutes. The Buffs went 22-for-30 from the charity stripe in the game.