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Utah Falls to Gonzaga in Rainbow Wahine Showdown

Nov 26, 2021

HONOLULU – The University of Utah women's basketball suffered its first loss of the season on day one of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. Utah was defeated by Gonzaga, 89-71.
 
The Utes (4-1) shot 37.5 percent from the floor against Gonzaga (4-1). Utah hit five three-pointers in the contest, led by three by Gianna Kneepkens. Kneepkens led the team in scoring with 15 points, and Dru Gylten followed with 14 points. Gylten dished out nine assists in the game. 
 
Gonzaga opened the game on a 7-0 run over the Utes, and the Utes first bucket of the game was scored by Dru Gylten, trimming the lead down to five, 7-2. With the Utes down 10, with 5:20 left in the quarter, Gianna Kneepkens came off the bench and gave the Utes a spark. She scored the following five points for Utah, trimming the Bulldogs lead down to seven, 16-9. The Utes scored three more points in the quarter and trailed 24-12 after the first quarter. 
 
Trailing by 19 in the second quarter, Utah slowly started chipping away at the Bulldogs lead. Kelsey Rees scored six straight for Utah, and Kneepkens hit her second three of the game. Kneepkens three helped kickstart an 11-0 run for Utah that was capped by four straight points by Andrea Torres. With 1:43 left in the first half, Utah trailed 36-27. Utah added two more points in the quarter trailed 40-29 at halftime. 
 
Utah cut the lead down to eight after halftime, following an old-fashion three-point play by Jenna Johnson. Following the three-point play, Gonzaga slowly stretched the lead to 15 points midway through the quarter. Utah continued to battle but trailed 73-52 after three-quarters of play. 
 
The Utes continued to battle in the fourth quarter and, midway through the quarter, went on a run, and after a layup by Torres and a free throw by Maka Jackson, Utah trailed by 16 points. However, Utah could not get closer and would fall to Gonzaga, 89-71. 
 
GAME LEADERS
Utah was led in scoring by Gianna Kneepkens, who came off the bench and scored 15 points for the Utes. She shot 4-of-5 from the field, including going 3-of-4 on threes in the contest. She also was 4-for-5 from the free-throw line. 
 
TALKING ABOUT THE GAME: HEAD COACH LYNNE ROBERTS
We got outplayed today in every area. Gonzaga played a really good game. We started the game really slow and just got in too big of a hole. Gonzaga is too good to do that against. We're disappointed in how we played, but we will learn and be better tomorrow. 
 
STANDOUT STAT
The Utes and Bulldogs combined for 62 free throws in the matchup, with Utah attempting 42. Utah went 30-for-42 from the line, with 11 of the 13 players attempting a free throw. Dru Gylten led the team going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the game. 
 
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UP NEXT
Utah returns to action on Saturday, November 27, when they play host Hawaii in its second game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. MT. The game will be aired on 105.5 KOOL FM.
 
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