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Utes Look to Continue Momentum Against Arizona - Midweek Update

Michelle Plouffe led Utah against ASU with 14 points.

Michelle Plouffe led Utah against ASU with 14 points.

Feb. 10, 2012

Utah vs. Arizona (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2:00 p.m. MT
Radio: 99.1 FM/Rock991.com (Play-by-Play Rick Bouillon)
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Last Time Out
After a back-and-forth second half, Utah defeated Arizona State, 50-46 on Thursday evening. The Utes raise their record to 11-12, 4-8 in the Pac-12.

The second half featured four ties and six lead changes. With Arizona State holding a three-point lead, 37-34 with eight minutes remaining, the Utes took a six-point lead with a nine-point run to take 43-37 lead with four minutes remaining. Although ASU cut it to two after a pair of baskets over the next minute, Rachel Messer hit two free throws after a technical foul on the Sun Devils to push the lead back up to four points, 45-41 with three minutes left.

A Utah turnover led to a three-pointer by Alex Earl to cut the Ute lead to a point, 45-44, but Michelle Plouffe hit a three on the other end to push the lead back up to four, 48-44. Kali Bennett's jumper on ASU's possession made it 48-46 with just over a minute remaining.

The Utes took a timeout, and each team missed a shot on their possession. Janita Badon was fouled with 14 seconds remaining after grabbing a rebound on ASU's miss, and hit both free throws to put Utah back up to four points, 50-46. ASU missed two shots in the final 10 seconds, one of which was blocked by Plouffe.

Arizona Update
Arizona fell to Colorado on Thursday evening, 69-59. Arizona fell to 13-11 overall and 2-10 in league play.

The Cats shot 42 percent from the field (21-50), 52.9 percent from three-point range (9-17) and 100 percent from the free throw line (8-8). Arizona gave up 20 turnovers, leading to 13 CU points. UA lost the battle at the glass, 41-27, and Colorado pulled down 20 offensive rebounds, leading to 21 second-chance points.

News and Notes
Michelle Plouffe tied her career high with four blocks against Arizona State. The Utes had nine blocks against the Sun Devils, which included three from Taryn Wicijowski and two from Rachel Morris.
• The Utes are second in the league in scoring defense (55.0) and free-throw percentage (.720).
• With 10 rebounds against ASU, Taryn Wicijowski moved up to fourth in the conference in rebounding (8.6).
Rachel Messer went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line against ASU, including sinking two technical foul shots. She had 11 points against the Sun Devils.
Janita Badon continues to rank 15th in the NCAA in assists (5.8).



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