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Plouffe Scores 24 in 74-37 Win Over New Mexico State

Michelle Plouffe's 24 points is a season best.

Michelle Plouffe's 24 points is a season best.

Dec. 21, 2011

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SALT LAKE CITY - Behind Michelle Plouffe's fifth double-double of the season, the Utah women's basketball team put on a dominant performance against New Mexico State in a 74-37 victory.

Plouffe had team highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Three were in double figures, including 12 points for Taryn Wicijowski and 11 points for Rachel Messer.

"Very pleased with the team effort tonight," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "Games like that are hard to finish like that, but for the most part, for the entire game I was really pleased with our effort and our energy on the defensive end of the floor. We really defended for a lot of possessions tonight."

New Mexico State was held to just 11 points in the first half, the lowest half the Utes have held an opponent to this season. The Aggies were held scoreless through the final seven minutes of the first half, and shot just 14-percent in the half.

Plouffe had a monster first half for the Utes, scoring 17 points - over half the Utes total first-half points. Utah led 33-11 at halftime.

"She just has a complete game," Levrets said about Plouffe. "Every single night, it doesn't matter who we're playing against, she shows up and plays her tail off. One of the things that we're asking her to do is get fouled and get to the free-throw line a little more. I was really pleased that she got there more times tonight."

The Utes continued to pull away in the second half, outscoring the Aggies 41-26 as Utah began to substitute liberally.

"It is nice to get everyone on the floor," Levrets said. "Everybody practices, and it's nice that everybody gets to contribute in a basketball game. It's nice to give everybody a chance."

Utah shot 52-percent in the game from the floor, and held NM State to 21-percent shooting. The Utes had seven blocks, with Diana Rolniak recording three blocks.



Utah returns to the court on Wednesday, Dec. 28, against Utah Valley at 7:00 p.m. in the Huntsman Center.
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