Women's Basketball Beats The Bears On The Road, 62-51
BERKELEY, Calif. – The University of Utah Women's Basketball program picked up a road win today against the California Bears inside Haas Pavilion, winning 62-51 to improve to 5-10 overall and 4-10 in Pac-12 play.
It was a sluggish first quarter for both teams with the Utes and Cal committing seven turnovers each while Utah didn't score a field goal until the 7:05 mark. The score was just 6-3 in favor of Cal with 3:06 remaining in the quarter before both teams got some momentum on offense to go into the second quarter tied 13-13.
Utah improved on both ends of the court in the second quarter, shooting 56-percent from the floor and 71-percent from the three to outscore the Bears 23-13 in the period. Sophomore Kemery Martín scored nine of her 12 first half points in the second quarter while junior Andrea Torres knocked down two threes with under three minutes to go to give the Utes a 10-point lead heading into halftime.
The Utes were able to take a 12-point lead with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter, its largest lead of the game, while holding Cal to zero field goals for the final 5:18 of the period. In the fourth, Cal was able to cut it to four with 6:04 remaining in the game, but back-to-back threes from Martín and sophomore Brynna Maxwell extended the Utah lead back to double-digits with Cal unable to close the gap.
Utah was led in scoring by Martín, who put up 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor and 3-of-6 shooting from the three. She also tied for the team lead in assists with three, adding two steals.
Maxwell scored 11 points, all coming in the second half, to round out Utah's double-digit scorers. Junior Dru Gylten contributed nine points and eight rebounds with her eight boards setting a new season-high for the junior.
- Martín has scored in double-digits in five straight games, currently the longest streak on the team. Her 21 points is her second 20-point game this season, and the second in the last three games after dropping 25 against Arizona State.
- Martín is averaging 11.6 points per game overall and has averaged 16.8 points per game in the last five road matches.
- Utah has now won four of its last five games in Berkeley against Cal.
- Maxwell has reached double-digits in 30 career games with her 11 points against Cal tonight.
- Gylten broke the 400-career assist mark tonight with her three against the Bears. She has 401 through 75 career games (5.3 avg.) and ranks 10th all-time in career assists at Utah.
Utah will stay in the Bay Area to take on the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal on Sunday, Feb. 7 for its eighth top-15 opponent this season. The game will tip off at 2 p.m. MT and will air on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Mountain.