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Women's Basketball Falls To No. 1 Stanford, 82-54

Jan 15, 2021

Final Box Score (PDF)

SALT LAKE CITY – Slow starts in both halves for the Utah Women's Basketball program made it hard to contain the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal on Friday afternoon, falling 82-54. Utah is 3-8 overall and 2-8 in Pac-12 play.

The Utes stood toe-to-toe with the Cardinal early in the first quarter, tying the game 8-8 at the 5:50 mark. Those points would be the last of the quarter though, as Utah wouldn't score another point, allowing Stanford to go on a 15-0 run while scoring 10 points off turnovers in the period to take a 23-8 lead into the second.

Utah kept its composure and started chipping away in the second quarter, holding Stanford to just 25-percent shooting from the three while keeping the scoring in the quarter even at 17-17. After trailing by 18 with 6:03 remaining in the quarter, the Utah made it an 11-point game with 1:35 on the clock and would head into the third quarter down 40-25.  

The shots just wouldn't fall for the Utes in the third quarter though, only making one field goal while shooting 9-percent from the floor. Stanford would start the quarter on a 13-0 run with the Utes not hitting a field goal until the 3:26 mark in the third.

The Utes had a few strong fourth quarter performances with Niyah Becker scoring all eight of her points in the period and Kennady McQueen adding five of her 10. The Utes shot 61-percent from the floor in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to close the gap against the Cardinal as they finished with the 82-54 victory.

GAME LEADERS
Sophomore Kemery Martín led led the Utes in points against the Cardinal, putting up 11. Martin has five double-digit games this season with her 11 points today being her second-straight game with 10-or-more.

McQueen also contributed 10 points, shooting 3-for-5 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the three, adding a career-high six rebounds, one assist and a block. It was McQueen's second game in double-digits this season and her fifth game this year with two-or-more threes made.

TALKING ABOUT THE GAME: HEAD COACH LYNNE ROBERTS
"Stanford is the best team in the country. I've see a lot of top-10 teams this year so far and they are just so good. They make you work for everything and I think what people don't talk as much about is their defense. They are really hard to score on. Tara is known for her ability to game plan and scout and you are reminded of it when you play them."

"I thought our team battled and we did some good things, but we didn't shoot well, which was a credit to Stanford's defense. I thought some of our young guys did a really good job. Kennady McQueen was fearless and I thought she played fantastic and I thought Kelsey Rees did a nice job off the bench."

STANDOUT STATS

  • Freshman Kelsey Rees scored a career-high nine points, shooting 4-for-6 from the floor and 1-for-2 from the free throw line.
  • Niyah Becker was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor in the fourth quarter.
  • Andrea Torres tied for the team-lead in rebounds with six. It was her eighth game this season with five-or-more boards.
  • Dru Gylten led the team with four assists, the 51st time in her career she has led the Utes in assists.

UP NEXT
The Utes will look to Sunday, Jan. 17 when they take on the California Bears in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The game will tip off at 12 p.m. MT and air on Pac-12 Mountain.