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Women's Basketball Struggles In Boulder, Falling 80-50 At Colorado

Dec 14, 2020

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BOULDER, Colo. – The University of Utah Women's Basketball team struggled on the road today against the Colorado Buffaloes, falling 80-50. The Utes are 2-2 overall this season and 1-2 in Pac-12 play.

Offensively, the Utes only shot 35-percent from the floor and just 25-percent from the three while Colorado made 53-percent of its shots on the day. Utah also committed a season-high 25 turnovers with Colorado scoring 38 points off those mistakes, also outscoring the Utes in the paint 42-22.

Utah's offensive woes started in the first quarter, committing nine turnovers in the period with Colorado capitalizing by scoring 10 of their 20 points off the Ute turnovers.  Colorado was able to outshoot the Utes in the first quarter, shooting 54-percent from the floor while the Utes put up 30-percent of its shots that included only one three-pointer.

Colorado went on a 10-0 run to break the score open in the second quarter, taking a 30-12 lead with 7:23 remaining in the period. The Utes would get within 15 twice in the quarter, with Brynna Maxwell scoring six points in the period, but that would be the closest the Utes would get for the remainder of the game.

The Utes would only score eight points in the third quarter with Colorado holding a 24-point lead with 1:18 on the clock. Despite shooting 60-percent from the floor in the fourth quarter, the Utes were unable to close the gap, falling on the road to the Buffaloes.

Utah was led in scoring by sophomore Kemery Martín, who scored nine points on 4-for-8 shooting from the floor, adding two rebounds, two assists and a block. The Utes had three players score eight points in Maxwell, Andrea Torres and Kelsey Rees with Rees' being a career-high for the freshman.

"Colorado beat us in every phase of the game today. They played tough, smart and competed harder than we did. We were not prepared today and that is on me. We will break this game down, fix some things and be ready to roll on Friday."

All 12 players that suited up for the game today saw playing time with nine scoring at least two points in the game. All four of Utah's true freshmen played today with Rees putting up a career-high eight points on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor, also knocking down her first collegiate three-pointer.

Utah will begin a four-game home stand that will go into the New year, starting with Arizona State on Friday, Dec. 18. The game against the Sun Devils will tip off at 3 p.m. MT in the Jon M. Huntsman Center and air on Pac-12 Networks.