Women: Colorado 55, Utah 41
By Lara Boyko
After taking an early lead in the first half against No. 7-seed Utah (15-15, 8-10 Pac-12), No. 10-seed Colorado advances to play tomorrow with a 55-41 win.
"I thought our team did a lot of nice things from the start," said Colorado coach Linda Lappe. "We had trouble scoring on a lot easy shots and then they started falling towards the end of the first half. I loved the lead that we were able to build at the end of the first half and thought that was key to as they are a solid team, well coached and came at us in the second half."
Colorado jumped out to a lead early on thanks to solid performances by sophomore Brittany Wilson's 18 points. In addition, Colorado's defensive effort created a 13-minute scoring drought for the Utes in the first half.
"I thought our defensive effort was solid and what helped us get the victory," said Lappe.
Utah, which made a second half surge and was able to cut the lead down to seven with 5:37 left to play, just couldn't get out of the first half hole and slump they were in. The Utes shot 25.5 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from the three-point line. This poor shooting capped off a season where the Utes have been plagued by season-ending injuries.
"I was disappointed by our first 20 minutes in the first half and proud of our effort in the second half," said Utah coach Anthony Levrets. "I am just as proud of this team for what they have accomplished than any other group I have been around."
Colorado was led by Wilson's 21 points and junior Chucky Jeffery's 20 points and 14 rebounds. Utah was led by redshirt sophomore forward Taryn Wicijowski's 18 points and freshman guard Cheyenne Wilson's 10 points. Leading the Utes on the boards was sophomore forward Michelle Plouffe's nine rebounds.
Colorado advances to play against No. 2-seed California at 5 p.m. at the Galen Center.
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