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Women’s Basketball Sets a School Record in Season-Opening Win

Nov 10, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah women's basketball team set a school record with 19 made three-pointers in a 105-56 victory over Lipscomb on Wednesday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The 105 points are the third-most scored in a single game for Utah. 
 
The Utes (1-0) shot 49.3 percent from the floor (36-72) and 45.2 percent from behind the arc (19-42) in the victory over Lipscomb (0-2). The 105 points scored by Utah is the third-most in program history and most since the 1983-84 season. Brynna Maxwell hit five threes and led the team with 24 points on the night. Dru Gylten led the team with six assists, which moves her to ninth on the all-time career list in program history. Gylten tied a career-high with nine rebounds. 
 
After a back and forth first quarter that saw six lead changes, Utah took a six-point lead, 18-12, after an old-fashion three-point play by Gylten. The Utes did not give up the lead for the remainder of the quarter and held a 20-17 lead after the first quarter of play.

The Utes broke the game open in the second quarter of action as they outscored Lipscomb 31-2. Utah held the Bisons scoreless for the final 5:36 of the quarter and went on a 19-0 run to close the half. Inês Vieira led the team with 10 points during the run, all coming in the final 2:30 of the half. Utah took a 51-19 lead into halftime.
 
Utah continued to add to its lead in the second half, and after eight straight points by Maxwell, the Utes saw their lead grow to 38, 61-23. In the third quarter, the lead grew to as many as 47 points, 80-33, which was capped off by an Isabel Palmer layup.  
 
Entering the fourth quarter, Utah needed three three-pointers to break the school record for made three-pointers in a single game. Gylten and Kennady McQueen hit the 15th and 16th three-pointers of the game. McQueen's tied the school record of 16 that was set on January 17, 2020, at Colorado.
 
Two minutes after McQueen's three, Palmer hit a baseline three-pointer that broke the school record and put the Utes ahead 99-51. Utah would hit two more threes in the game and set the school record with 19 threes. Utah came away with a 105-56 victory in its season-opener.

GAME LEADERS
Utah finished with six players in double-digits, with Brynna Maxwell leading the way with a game-high 24 points. Inês Vieira followed with 16 points in her collegiate debut. Kennady McQueen and Isabel Palmer scored 11 points each, and Andrea Torres and Gianna Kneepkens rounded out the double-figure scorers with ten points apiece.
 
TALKING ABOUT THE GAME: HEAD COACH LYNNE ROBERTS
On the game
"I thought Lipscomb came out really hard in the first quarter, but it wasn't like we were playing poorly. Second-quarter, we really took over; I think we utilized our depth. With how they were defending ball screens, we hit a ton of threes. We hit 19 and took 42, but we had 22 assists, so it wasn't like we were selfishly trying to get ours. I'm proud of our team. We added 22 offensive rebounds as well. It was an overall really good start to the year."
 
On the three-point shooting
"We have a lot of kids who can shoot. We want to make sure we're taking good threes, but we have the green light to shoot it if we have open looks. I think they were all really good shots tonight, and we're just going to take what the defense gives us. You have to take what you can get."
 
On the ball movement
"Last year, we didn't have enough weapons to play pace-and-space. Now we have legitimate depth, where we don't have to rely on everyone creating their own shot, and everyone on the team can shoot. We didn't attack the basket much tonight, and that's also something we intend to do. We're going to do what the defense is giving us."
 
STANDOUT STAT
The Utes set a program record with 19 three-pointers in the win against Lipscomb. Utah had eight different players hit a three-pointer. Under the leadership of Coach Lynne Roberts, Utah improved to 46-17 when hitting eight or more three-pointers.
 
UP NEXT
Utah returns to action on Saturday when they host Xavier in non-conference action. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. MT. The contest can be streamed on UtahUtes.com and will also be on 105.5 KOOL FM.
 
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