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Women’s Basketball Claims 73-63 Win Over Montana State

Dec 11, 2020

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SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah Women's Basketball team played inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center for the first time in over 290 days in a battle against the Montana State Bobcats Friday night, coming away with the 73-63 win. The Utes improved to 2-1 on the season.

It was a game of runs with 11 different lead changes despite the Utes holding the lead for the majority of the game. Utah shot a season-high 46-percent from the floor (27-58) and 44-percent from the arc (12-27), holding the Bobcats to just 31-percent shooting overall and four three-pointers after they dropped 14 in their first game.

The Utes turned it on quickly in the first quarter, going off on an 8-0 run sparked by back-to-back threes from Andrea Torres and Brynna Maxwell to take a 11-7 lead with 4:45 on the clock. Turnovers plagued the Utes late in the first quarter, committing three in a three-minute span, allowing Montana State to make it a four-point game heading into the second quarter.

Montana State would turn the tables on the Utes in the second quarter, going on an 11-0 scoring run to take a 28-26 lead with 4:28 remaining in the quarter. The Utes would jump back out to a three-point advantage with under three minutes to go, but wouldn't score for the remainder of the second quarter with the Bobcats taking a 35-33 lead into halftime.

There were four lead changes in the third quarter with the Utes regaining the lead on a 6-0 run with 3:33 left on the clock, but Montana State kept pushing to take a one-point lead. Kennady McQueen would score on a fast break bucket with 19 seconds to go in the quarter to tie the score heading into the fourth.

The Utes would find its rhythm again in the fourth quarter, taking off on a 15-1 run for its largest lead of the night. Utah held the Bobcats to just 14-percent shooting in the final quarter, outscoring them 22-12 to grab the 73-63 victory.

Utah finished with four players in double-digits with Kemery Martín putting up a team-high 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting, also going 3-of-6 from the arc with five rebounds and four assists. Andrea Torres contributed a season-high 11 points, also leading the Utes in rebounds with eight.

Maxwell also recorded 11 points with a career-high six assists and four steals while Lola Pendande scored a season-best 10 points with seven rebounds. Peyton McFarland also had a solid game, scoring a career-high eight points with five rebounds and one block.

"I have to give Montana State a lot of credit. I thought they competed really well tonight and I have a lot of respect for how they came in here and battled."

"I thought we looked a little sluggish. At this point a win is a win, and we got our home court game under our belt. All in all, it was a good win against a very good and gutsy Montana State team. This was a good game for us to learn that teams aren't just going to go away and that we have to keep competing. We have to get a little bit better at competing in each possession."

Junior Dru Gylten recorded a career-high 13 assists against the Bobcats, beating her previous career-best of 12 against Arizona State on Feb. 23, 2020. The school record and Huntsman Center record for single-game assists is 15, set by both Holly Rawlings (vs. BYU, 1981) and Monica Starrett (vs. Boise State, 1981).

Gylten has led the team in assists in 43 career games with six-career double-digit assist games.

The Utes will return to its conference schedule when they head to Boulder, Colo. to take on the Colorado Buffaloes on Monday, Dec. 14. The game is set for a 12 p.m. MT tip and will air on Pac-12 Networks.