Inconsistent Shooting From The Utes Leads To 78-61 Loss At Washington
SEATTLE, Wash. – Inconsistent play on both ends of the court for the Utah Women's Basketball team tonight against the Washington Huskies resulted in a 78-61 road loss with Utah falling to 5-14 overall this season and 4-14 in Pac-12 play.
Utah's offense struggled to get going in the first half, shooting 35-percent from the floor while committing seven turnovers with Washington just missing one from beyond the arc in the half (6-7), shooting 48-percent overall. The Utes were able to hold Washington to just 22-percent shooting from deep in the second half while shooting 42-percent themselves, but the Huskies' large lead late in the game was too much for Utah to overcome.
Washington was able to take an eight-point lead on a 7-0 run in the first quarter, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the three in the period. The Utes made it a six-point game on a three from freshman Kennady McQueen with under a minute to play, but would head into the second quarter down 23-15 on a last second jumper from the Huskies.
Sophomore Lola Pendande and McQueen combined to score Utah's first nine points of the second quarter, making it a three-point game with 6:56 to go in the period. Unfortunately for the Utes, they would go over five minutes without a field goal with the Huskies jumping out to a double-digit lead, eventually taking a 41-31 lead into halftime.
Utah was able to chip away at the Washington lead in the third quarter on a 7-0 run to make it 53-46 on back-to-back buckets from freshman Kelsey Rees. Washington answered though, going on an 8-0 run while holding the Utes scoreless for the final 3:27 to take a 61-46 advantage into the final quarter of the game.
Utah scored five unanswered points early in the fourth quarter, capped off by a strong drive in the paint from McQueen to make it a nine-point game, but turnovers would plague the Utes down the stretch with Washington able to earn the 17-point victory.
The Utes were balanced in scoring tonight with six different players scoring at least five points, including two double-digit scorers.
Utah was led by sophomore Brynna Maxwell, who scored 16 points on four made three-pointers and four free throws, also added three rebounds, four assists and a team-high two steals. McQueen also recorded 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, knocking down two of Utah's 10 threes on the night.
TALKING ABOUT THE GAME: HEAD COACH LYNNE ROBERTS
"Tonight was tough. I thought our energy today was good and our effort was there, we just shot really poorly. Hard to win on the road in this league shooting 50-percent from the free throw line and a poor percentage from players that have shot the ball well all season. Just one of those unfortunate games. Credit to Washington, they played well."
- Utah knocked down three of its 10 made three-pointers in the first 40 seconds of the second, third and fourth quarters (Q2, Kennady McQueen, 9:29; Q3, Brynna Maxwell, 9:40; Q4, Kemery Martín, 9:51).
- Kennady McQueen reached double-digits for the third time this season with her 10 tonight.
- Tonight was the fifth time this season Utah has shot in the double-digits from beyond the arc, knocking down 10.
- Brynna Maxwell knocked down a season-high tying four from beyond the arc. It is the 13th time this season she has hit two-or-more from three and the 38th time in her 50 career games.
The Utes will play its second-to-last regular season game at Washington State on Sunday, Feb. 21, tipping off at 1 p.m. MT. The game will be live streamed via Washington State, also available on UtahUtes.com.