Senior forward Michelle Plouffe's lay-in with 2.7 seconds remaining gave Utah a 59-57 win at Washington State.
Jan. 19, 2014
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior forward Michelle Plouffe's lay-in with 2.4 second remaining gave the University of Utah women's basketball team a 59-57 win at Washington State on Sunday at Beasley Coliseum.
Utah (8-9, 1-5 Pac-12) trailed 51-44, but the Utes closed on a 15-6 stretch for their first Pac-12 Conference win of the season. The Utes were 44.4 (4-for-9) from long range, compared to a 33.3 (5-15) mark for the Cougars, who suffered their first loss in conference play..
Freshman forward Emily Potter turned in the fourth double-double of her freshman campaign with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. She now has 12 games with 10 or more points (and 10 of last 11 outings) and she now has five games with 10 or more rebounds.
Plouffe hit double-digits in points for the 14th time this season as she tied Potter with 17 points. She also grabbed six rebounds to go with two assists and two steals.
"We showed some resiliency and toughness today," Plouffe said. "We made plays when it mattered, when it counted. We got the `W' and now have to move on from it. We have a lot4 of things to work on, but that's a good thing.
"Potter has been a huge presence for us inside, someone who other teams must be aware of. She's been playing really well."
Junior guard Cheyenne Wilson hit all four of her four shots from the floor, and was 2-of-2 from 3-point territory, for 10 points and her fourth double-digit point game of the season.
Sophomore Danielle Rodriguez turned in nine points, including a 4-for-4 day from the foul line, to go with a team-high three assists as well as three rebounds. Ciera Dunbar handed out three assists as well to go with four points.
The Utes came out and hit three of their first four shots of the second half, to extend to their largest lead of the contest at 35-27. The Cougars responded with a 7-1 spurt to pull within a point, 35-34 and would eventually earn their first lead of the contest at 39-38. WSU would extend to a seven-point advantage (51-44) before a Wilson 3-pointer sparked a 9-2 Ute run that tied for the fifth time, and the first of the half, at 53 all. The Cougars got a jump shot and Rodriguez knocked down a pair of free throws to re-tie the game at 55. WSU hit another jumper, but a Plouffe lay-in evened the contest for the sixth time at 57-57. An inbounds pass from Rodriguez with 9.0 seconds left led Plouffe into the game-winning score to give the Utes the 59-57 win.
In the second half, Utah went for a 54.5 (12-22) performance from the floor. Plouffe scored 12 of her 17 in the final half to go with four rebounds, while Potter scored 11 and grabbed five rebounds in the final 20 minutes.
Washington State (11-7, 5-1 Pac-12) was led by a 13-point, four-rebound performance by Tia Presley.
The Utes return to the Huntsman Center to host No. 19/24 Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. MT. The game will be streamed live at pac-12.com and Rick Bouillon will have the play-by-play call for ESPN700.