Women's Basketball Falls 83-41 At No. 6 Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. – The University of Utah Women's Basketball team fell to the No. 6 Stanford on Sunday afternoon, 83-41. Utah is 5-11 overall and 4-11 in Pac-12 play.
The Utes struggled to score against Stanford's high-powered defense, shooting 24-percent from the floor, also having an uncharacteristic outing from the three after going 1-for-22 from beyond the arc. Utah did have a strong outing from its bench play though as they scored 20 of the Utes' 41 total points in the game.
Large scoring runs and strong defense from Stanford put the Utes in an early hole with Utah scoring just 14 points in the first half while shooting 18-percent from the floor and seven-percent from the three. Stanford took off for an 18-2 run in the first quarter with Utah committing four turnovers in the period, followed by a second quarter that only saw two field goals from the Utes with the Cardinal taking a 33-point advantage into halftime.
The Utes' improved in the second half, scoring 27 of its 41 points in the third and fourth quarters, also holding Stanford to just 13 points in the fourth. Utah was also able to outrebound the Cardinal in the second half 22-18 with sophomore Lola Pendande knocking down seven points in the third quarter to lead the Utes in scoring.
Pendande led the Utes in scoring with 11 points, all in the second half. She was 2-for-6 from the floor with a season-high seven free throws (7-11).
In her fifth start of the season, junior Niyah Becker recorded seven points, tying her season-high in rebounds with eight, also adding a career-high tying three assists.
Pendande reached double-digits for the third time this season with her 11 points against the Cardinal. She has reached double-digits in 18 career games.
Utah will make its return to the Jon M. Huntsman Center for a pair of games against the L.A. schools, starting with a Friday morning matchup against UCLA on Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. MT. Utah has five regular season games remaining.