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Utah Ready for Washington - Women's Basketball Midweek Update

Janita Badon needs three points to reach 1,000 for her career.

Janita Badon needs three points to reach 1,000 for her career.

Jan. 6, 2012

Utah vs. Washington (Alaska Airlines Arena)
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2:00 p.m. PT
Radio: ESPN 700/espn700sports.com (Play-by-Play Rick Bouillon)
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Women's Basketball Takes Pac-12 Road Trip To Washington State, Washington
Second-Half Struggles Lead to 60-43 Loss for Utah Women's Basketball Against Washington

Last Time Out
It was a tale of two halves for the Utah women's basketball team, as the Utes struggled to score in the second half in a 60-43 loss to Washington State on Thursday evening in Pac-12 play.

The Utes (7-6, 0-2 Pac-12) shot 50-percent in the first half and led by seven points at halftime but were unable to continue that in the second half, shooting just 27 percent from the field.

Utah got off to a hot start, taking a 10-2 lead before Washington State came back with a 12-4 run to tie the game at 14 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

The lead stayed close for the next several minutes before the Utes surged to take a seven-point lead at halftime, 28-21, after closing out the half with an 8-2 run. Utah held WSU to 27 percent shooting. Wicijowski led the Utes at the half with 10 points and six rebounds.

Utah led by as many as nine points early in the second half. With the Utes up by eight, 32-24, the team went cold from the floor and with a 23-0 run over eight minutes, Washington State took a 15-point lead, 47-32 with eight minutes remaining before Plouffe stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer.

Although Utah was able to cut the Cougars lead down to nine with 4:30 left, 50-41, WSU closed out the game on a 10-2 run.

The Utes struggled throughout the game with turnovers, with WSU scoring 21 points off of 26 Utah turnovers.

Washington Update
Washington (9-4, 1-2 Pac-12) handed Colorado their first loss of the season on Thursday evening, 75-67, in turn earning their first Pac-12 win of the year. Jazmine Davis had 27 points to lead all scorers. Washington trailed 37-35 at halftime, and down 57-55 with nine minutes remaining Davis hit two-straight three pointers to turn the deficit into a four-point advantage that the Huskies would not relinquish.



Thoughts from Utah Head Coach Anthony Levrets:
"This is a really important time for this young team. We have to learn from each night and continue to get better and improve. We feel like we have a good group, we just are depleted in numbers. We have to tighten up the ship a little bit and figure out how to get through those tough stretches."

News and Notes
• Utah's loss to WSU is the first loss this season that has come by more than 10 points.
Janita Badon needs three points to reach 1,000 for her career. She would be the 22nd player in Utah history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
• Badon hit 500 career assists with four assists against Washington State. She has 502 career assists. Badon moved to second in the Pac-12 in assists following Thursday's game (5.2).
• Utah ranks 19th in the NCAA and third in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.446).
• Utah also ranks in the top 30 nationally in scoring defense (52.6/25th, 2nd Pac-12), field goal percentage defense (33.8/28th/2nd Pac-12), and turnovers per game (14.2/17th).
• The Utes lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.727).
• Utah and Stanford are the only two teams to have two players ranked in the top 10 in the conference in both scoring and rebounding (Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike for Stanford; Michelle Plouffe and Taryn Wicijowski for Utah).
Diana Rolniak suffered a sprained ankle against Washington State. She is out at least through the remainder of this weekend.
Rita Sitivi was pulled out of a planned redshirt year against Washington State. She played three minutes against the Cougars.

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