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Rodrigues Scores 27 in Overtime Loss to Idaho State

Iwalani Rodrigues is averaging 25.3 points over the last three games.

Iwalani Rodrigues is averaging 25.3 points over the last three games.

Dec. 8, 2010

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SALT LAKE CITY - Iwalani Rodrigues led Utah with 27 points as the women's basketball team fell to Idaho State, 71-68, in overtime on Wednesday evening.

Utah held as much as a 12-point lead early in the second half before Idaho State slowly chipped away to take the advantage. A three-pointer by Kara Jenkins with 6:19 left gave the Bengals their first lead since early in the first half, 57-56. The teams traded baskets down the stretch. Rodrigues gave Utah a two-point lead on a three-pointer with two minutes remaining, 63-61, before Ashleigh Vella tied the game with 36 seconds left on a jumper to put the game into overtime.

Vella scored seven of ISU's eight points in overtime, including the game-winning three with 53 seconds left. The Utes went 2-of-7 from the floor in the final period.

Rodrigues led Utah with 27 points. She went 7-for-10 from three-point range, including making her first six attempts to give her 13 consecutive three-pointers over the last two games, one shy of the NCAA record of 14.

Michelle Plouffe tied her career-high with 17 points, and also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds with three blocks. Janita Badon was also in double-figure scoring with 11 points.

Utah held a lead for most of the first half, although Idaho State kept the Utes within reach the entire way. A 6-0 run gave Utah a nine-point lead, 19-10, with 10:47 remaining, but the Bengals rallied back with a 7-0 run to cut it to two, 19-17 with eight minutes left.

Utah again pulled ahead by nine at the end of the first half. Idaho State cut the lead to four, 29-25, with just under a minute left after a pair of free throws from Jenkins. Badon hit a jumper with 30 seconds left and Rodrigues took advantage of a Bengal turnover to make a three-pointer at the buzzer to take a 34-25 lead into the locker room.

 

 

Vella had 31 points with 11 rebounds for Idaho State.

Utah hits the road on Saturday, Dec. 11, to face Mississippi State.

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