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Women's Basketball Defense Stifles Arizona State for 65-51 Road Win

Jan 24, 2021

Final Box Score (PDF)

TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Utah Women's Basketball program came away with a 65-51 win on the road against the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sunday afternoon, improving to 4-9 overall and 3-9 in Pac-12 play.

The Utes were locked in on defense from start to finish, holding Arizona State to 31-percent shooting, forcing 15 turnovers and coming away with 29 defensive rebounds to their seven offensive. Utah finished the game shooting 51-percent from the floor and 50-percent from the three, scoring 17 points off turnovers and outscoring the Sun Devils 26-20 in the paint.

Utah's defense was stingy in the first quarter, holding the Sun Devils to just seven points and 18-percent shooting, also forcing four turnovers in the period. The Utes knocked down three from beyond the arc in the first quarter, and despite not scoring a field goal for the final four minutes, headed into the second with an eight-point advantage.

The Utes lead by as many as 14 in the second quarter, its largest lead of the half, shooting 58-percent from the floor while holding Arizona State to just two field goals. The Sun Devils were able to put together a 7-0 run to cut it to 21-14 with 5:10 on the clock, but Kemery Martín would score seven of Utah's final nine points of the quarter to send the Utes into halftime up 32-19.

Utah continued to stay hot on the offensive side of the ball in the third quarter, shooting 53-percent from the floor and 60-percent from the three with Martín dropping 11 more points in the quarter. She was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the quarter with the Utes holding the Sun Devils to just 1-for-5 shooting from the three in the third.

The Utes hit a scoring drought in the fourth quarter with Arizona State outscoring them 23-16, even cutting the Utah lead to 11 with 1:38 remaining in the game. With just a little over a minute left in the game on the clock though, the Utes were able to convert on a trio of free throws to leave Tempe with the 14-point victory.

GAME LEADERS
Utah was led in scoring by sophomore Kemery Martín, who put together a career-high performance with 25 points. She shot 10-for-12 from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from the three, adding two rebounds and two steals.

Brynna Maxwell added 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting that included going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, also producing four rebounds, a career-high tying four assists and two steals. Peyton McFarland also put together a strong game with six points, 10 boards and three blocks.

TALKING ABOUT THE GAME: HEAD COACH LYNNE ROBERTS
"I thought two games in a row, our defense was fantastic. Our players did a great job with very little prep time for Arizona State and they locked in. If we would have made free throws today, we would have scored over 70 against ASU on their home court and that is very hard to do. We shot the ball well today. The fourth quarter got interesting, but we are still learning and still a work in progress. We have just hung in there and keep battling."
"I think this league exposes things. We weren't very tough to start the year, but playing the gauntlet that we have played, it forces you to toughen up. Even though we haven't beaten every team, we have never quit and we never stop competing. Those are the kinds of teams I want to coach. I've told them if you just keep chopping wood, you'll get rewarded, and getting rewarded with a win does a lot for moral and confidence to put wind in the sails."

STANDOUT STATS

  • Kemery Martín scored a career-high 25 points against the Sun Devils today. She was a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor until the 4:13 mark in the third quarter when she missed her first shot of the game.
  • Martín's perfect 5-for-5 outing from the three today is tied for the Pac-12 lead in three-point percentage in a game.
  • Martín guarded Arizona State's leading scorer Taya Hanson, who was averaging 13.3 points per game entering today's game. She only scored five against the Utes, going 2-for-10 from the floor.
  • She is averaging 10.5 points per game this season and 16.3 in the last four.

UP NEXT
Utah returns to the Jon M. Huntsman Center for a pair of games on Jan. 29 and Jan. 31, taking on Oregon and Oregon State for the second time this season. The Utes start the weekend against Oregon on Friday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.