Taryn Wicijowski scored 20 points for the Utes against Weber State.
Dec. 1, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Five players scored in double digits as the Utah women's basketball team defeated Weber State, 81-63, on Thursday evening in the Huntsman Center.
"Really pleased with our offensive effort," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "We have some shortcomings to fix on the defensive end but we will address those. We knew we had a size advantage, and anytime you have two kids go 18-for-27 inside, that's pretty nice. Plouffe and Taryn are really good together in there, and we're doing a really good job getting the ball in there."
Utah was buoyed by solid first-half shooting, shooting over 70 percent for most of the first half. With the Utes up by three points, 24-19 with 11:30 remaining, an 11-3 run over the next 2:30 gave Utah a double-digit lead, 33-22 with nine minutes left.
With the Utes up by 13, 43-30 with 2:30 remaining, a seven-point Weber run cut the lead to six, but several baskets in the waning minutes by the Utes helped push the lead up to nine at halftime, 47-38. Wicijowski had 15 points in the first half to lead Utah.
Utah was able to push the lead to as many as 20 points in the second half. The Wildcats were held to 32 percent shooting from the field in the second half. Weber State also struggled from the charity stripe, going just 5-for-14 in the game.
"We wanted to get more stops and push the basketball and run a little bit tonight," Levrets said. "They were shooting it like crazy to start the game. We didn't get as much transition, but Iwa and Janita are so good together in transition, whether it's against the press or after the miss when Janita rebounds. Janita just knows where Iwa is all the time and it gets Iwa easy, open three's. She seems to make those more than any other. It was nice to get a couple of those tonight."