Iwalani Rodrigues is averaging 25.3 points over the last three games.
Dec. 8, 2010
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.
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.
Utah hits the road on Saturday, Dec. 11, to face Mississippi State.