Freshman forward Emily Potter posted her first double-double during Utah's two-overtime win on Saturday at BYU.
Dec. 14, 2013
PROVO, Utah - Freshman forward Emily Potter turned in her first double-double as a Ute and four Utes reached double figures in points to help the University of Utah women's basketball team to an 82-74 win at BYU in a Deseret First Credit Union Duel contest on Saturday in the Marriott Center.
Utah (5-4) shot 50.0 (5-10) from the floor during the overtime periods, compared to 12.5 (2-16) for BYU. The Utes handed the Cougars their first loss of the season and this was Utah's
Tied at 62-62 at the end of regulation, senior forward Michelle Plouffe hit her first 3-pointer of the game in the first possession of the first overtime to give Utah a 65-62 edge. A pair of Cougar free throws brought BYU within a point (65-64) and a 3-pointer by BYU gave the Cougars a 67-65 advantage. Then with 6.5 seconds left, Plouffe caught an in-bounds pass and slashed through the middle of the lane for a finger-roll lay-in to knot the game at 67 points apiece.
Utah started the second overtime with an 8-0 Utah run, started by Plouffe who made another 3-pointer. A Nakia Arquette lay-in and jumper with a Ciera Dunbar free throw then put Utah ahead 75-67. BYU's first score of the second OT did not come until a 3-pointer with 55.7 seconds left. Utah then preserved the victory by converting seven of nine free throws down the stretch on the way to an 82-74 victory.
Potter had a career-high 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. She has had six double-figure-point performances, including each of the last four. Her previous career high was 16 points in the season opener against Denver. She now has two double-figure rebound performances.
The Utes would push their lead to as many as 10 (23-13) after a 4-point play by Rodriguez, but the Cougars would knot the game for the fourth time at 27 all. A running hook shot by Potter gave the Utes a 29-27 edge. Unfortunately, BYU carried a 34-33 lead into halftime. Utah had a 20-17 edge in rebounding over BYU and after hitting its first three 3-point field goal attempts they would go 60.0 in the half. Potter had 14 points on a 6-of-11 shooting performance to go with a team-high five rebounds, while Rodriguez scored six points, had four rebounds and three assists. This was only the second time this season that the Utes trailed at halftime (vs. Butler on Nov. 29).
A Plouffe jumper and transition lay-in by Potter to start the second half gave the Utes a 37-34 lead. BYU re-tied the half, but a Dunbar lay-in on a back door cut and a 3-pointer gave Utah a 42-37 lead. The Cougars then launched a 10-1 run to grab a 47-43 lead, but an old fashioned 3-point play by Rodriguez brought the Utes to within two (47-45). BYU held a three-point lead at 49-46, but back-to-back Wilson 3-pointers put the Utes ahead 52-49. Utah would extend its lead to a five-point margin (54-49), but BYU fought back to earn its largest lead of the game, 60-54. A Rodriguez 3-pointer cut Utah's lead in half (60-57) with 2:55 remaining. BYU worked its lead to five (62-57), but a Potter lay-in and Plouffe then drained a free throw and 15-foot jumper to tie the game for the third time in the half and end regulation in a 62-62 tie.