Women's Basketball Falls 69-58 To No. 8 UCLA
SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah Women's Basketball program fell to the No. 8 UCLA Bruins on Friday morning, 69-58. The Utes are 5-12 overall this season and 4-12 in Pac-12 play.
Utah held UCLA to 39-percent scoring from the floor while shooting 42-percent themselves, but the Utes would go on to commit 16 turnovers with the Bruins scoring 27 of their 69 total points off turnovers.
The Utes came out in the first quarter shooting 43-percent from the floor, but were unable to find any rhythm from the three, going 0-for-4 in the quarter. UCLA found that rhythm on its end, shooting over 66-percent from the three with the Utes unable to close the 19-12 gap to end the quarter.
After being down nine to start the second quarter, the Utes rallied back to within one on an 8-0 run that was fueled by sophomores Lola Pendande and Kemery Martín who scored four points each in the run. Unfortunately for the Utes, UCLA answered with a 12-0 run to make it a double-digit game, heading into halftime with a 35-25 advantage.
Utah was held scoreless until the 6:12 mark of the third quarter with the Bruins taking their largest lead of the game at 18 points. The Utes fought back to within eight on a key three-pointer from sophomore Brynna Maxwell with 3:30 on the clock with the Utes forcing five turnovers in the period, but UCLA would extend its lead to 13 on four unanswered points to end the third.
The Utes shot 46-percent from the floor in the fourth quarter, outscoring UCLA 21-19 while holding the Bruins scoreless from beyond the arc in the period. Utah cut it to within nine points with 3:06 left in the game on a 5-0 run capped off by paint points from freshman Peyton McFarland, but the Bruins would extended it back to double-digits with the Utes falling 69-58.
Utah was led in scoring by Maxwell who recorded 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting, adding a career-high tying six assists. Martin also reached double digits with 12 points, shooting 4-of-12 from the floor while knocking down four free throws.
A trio of underclassmen also recorded eight points each in Pendande and freshmen Kennady McQueen and Peyton McFarland. McFarland was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line while Pendande led the team in rebounds with six.
Maxwell has led the Utes in scoring in 18 career games and five this season. She has 31 career double-digit games after her 14 points against the Bruins.
Martin has 10 double-digit games this season and 14 in her career. Pendande has led the Utes in rebounding in 19 career games and three this season.
The Utes will host USC on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. MT in the Jon M. Huntsman Center for their annual PINK game. The game will be live streamed on UtahUtes.com.