Senior forward Michelle Plouffe became Utah's fourth all-time leading rebounder on Tuesday at UNLV.
Nov. 26, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Senior forward Michelle Plouffe became Utah's fourth all-time leading rebounder as she put up her third double-double in four games this season to lead the University of Utah women's basketball team to a 66-59 win at UNLV on Tuesday in the Thomas & Mack Center.
Utah (2-2) shot 52.0 from the field by converting on 26 of 52 field goal attempts, compared to a 41.8 mark (23-of-55) for UNLV. The Utes also held a 33-26 edge in team rebounding over the Rebels, and also went 10-of-12 from the free throw line and UNLV was 9-of-14.
Plouffe's third double-double in four games this season, and also the 37th of her career, saw her set game-high marks with 26 points and 11 rebounds. The Edmonton, Alberta native nailed five of her first five field goal attempts to start the game, including her first two 3-pointers. With five first-half rebounds and 11 for the game, Plouffe became Utah's fourth all-time leading rebounder with 912 over her career and is now 103 away from tying Kim (Smith) Gaucher (1,015 from 2002-06) for third place in school history.
Senior guard Ciera Dunbar converted five of her six field goal attempts for a career-high 11 points, which was also her second double-figure-point outing of the year. She was 1-of-2 from 3-point territory and handed out a pair of assists.
Freshman forward Wendy Anae scored the first points of her career as she went 3-for-6 from the field for a season-high six points.
Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez handed out a team-high five assists and scored seven points to go with a pair of boards.
In her first career start, freshman guard Malia Nawahine dished out a season-high two assists and knocked down three crucial free throws late in the game to help solidify the Utah victory. Fellow freshman, forward Emily Potter, added five points and three rebounds.
Dunbar drained a jumper from the left wing for the first score of the second half and to give Utah a double-digit lead once again, 38-28. After a 7-0 UNLV spurt, the Utes answered with another Dunbar 3-pointer to keep a six-point distance (41-35). Plouffe went on a personal 4-0 stretch as she made a mid-court steal and drove to the goal for a lay-in before burying a 15-foot jumper to put Utah at a 10-point advantage (45-35). UNLV launched a 13-6 stretch to come back to within three (51-48). The Utes put together a 6-2 run to climb back to a seven-point edge (59-52), but the Rebels answered with five unanswered to cut their deficit to two (59-57). A lay-in by Plouffe followed by three Nawahine free throws gave Utah a 64-59 lead on the way to a 66-59 win. The Utes shot 47.6 from the floor in the second half and a 9-of-10 performance at the free throw line provided crucial points down the stretch. Plouffe was 6-of-11 from the floor for 14 points to go with six rebounds, while Dunbar was a flawless 3-for-3 for seven points.
UNLV (2-3) was led by 16 points from Danielle Miller.
The Utes head across town to the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout, beginning Friday against Butler at 5 p.m. PT before facing Marquette on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. PT.