Michelle Plouffe had her fourth double-double of the year against Texas Southern.
Dec. 17, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - With three players in double-figure scoring the Utah women's basketball team won in a dominant performance against Texas Southern for a 75-33 victory.
Michelle Plouffe had her fourth double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Taryn Wicijowski scored 15 points while Iwalani Rodrigues had 13. Diana Rolniak tallied nine rebounds while Janita Badon had eight assists and five steals.
The Utes took control quickly, holding a 13-2 lead through the first five minutes. Texas Southern was held to just nine points through the first 15 minutes of the half. The Utes held a 35-19 lead at halftime, led by 13 points from Wicijowski, who was 5-of-6 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe.
Utah dominated in the second half, scoring 16-straight points before the Tigers added any points to the board. The Utes outscored TSU 24-2 over the first eight minutes of the half before TSU made a field goal. Texas Southern tallied just 14 points in the second half. Utah shot 63-percent in the second half, while Texas Southern made just four field goals in the half and shot 17-percent.
"I was really, really pleased with our effort, especially in the second half," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "Whether it was a hangover from our last game or a finals hangover or a combination of both, it didn't matter what the score said but I didn't like the way it felt out there in the first half. I challenged them at halftime to play different in the second half, and they did it and did a great job. We played together, we shared the basketball, we defended, we communicated - we did all the things we need to do to be a good team."
"Defensively we weren't quite where we needed to be in the first half," Wicijowski said. "In the second half we decided this was shut-down time. Obviously we did that, the score reflected that. It wasn't anything about offense; it was all about defense and being the team that we want to be."
Utah plays its final game before the holiday break against New Mexico State on Wednesday, Dec. 21.