Women's Basketball Falls to Colorado in Overtime
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah women's basketball team dropped its matchup against Colorado on Friday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Utes were defeated 66-62 in overtime to the Buffaloes.
Utah (10-7, 1-4 Pac-12) was led in scoring by Dasia Young. Young scored a season-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including hitting a career-high four three-pointers. Gianna Kneepkens followed with 11 points. Utah went 7-for-27 shooting threes against Colorado (14-4, 3-4 Pac-12).
Colorado scored early in the game and kept the Utes offense cold. Utah found themselves down 13-4 with 4:39 left in the first quarter, but a three by Dasia Young got Utah going. Kennady McQueen followed with a triple of her own, and the Buffaloes lead was down to three. Utah continued to battle, and four more points by McQueen gave Utah a 14-12 lead. Colorado scored the final four points of the quarter, and Utah trailed 17-14 after one-quarter of play.
Utah continued to mount a comeback, and after trailing by four, 22-18, in the second quarter, a Kelsey Rees layup, and Young three put Utah ahead 23-22. Utah continued to add to the lead, and a jumper by Maka Jackson put Utah ahead by seven, 29-22. Utah's defense stepped up and held Colorado scoreless for five minutes in the second quarter. The Utes had a five-point lead, 33-28, heading into halftime.
Utah continued to hold onto the lead into the third quarter and extended the lead to eight, 38-30, after a Dru Gylten jumper. Colorado continued to chip away at the lead and had it down to two, 40-38. However, Utah answered each run and grew the lead back to seven, 45-38, after an Inês Vieira jumper. Again, Colorado took the lead down to five to end the quarter.
After the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, the Utes were held to one point, while Colorado scored seven points, taking a one-point lead 47-46. For the remainder of the game, the Utes and the Buffaloes traded leads, and a layup by Young put Utah ahead 53-52 with 1:35 left in the game. Colorado answered, regained the lead, and held a 57-53 lead with 32 seconds remaining. Utah continued to battle, and after a pair of free throws for Kneepkens, Utah trailed by two, 57-55.
The Buffaloes could not seal the game at the free-throw line as Frida Formann went 1-for-2 taking a 58-55 lead. Utah came down looking for the tie and had two chances but missed, but they came away with the offensive board. Coming out of a timeout, Utah's Young hit a three-pointer tied the game at 58. Rees came up big on the next possession, recording a block, and the game would go to overtime.
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In overtime, the Utes trailed 60-58, but a jumper by Young and a free throw by Kneepkens put Utah ahead 61-60. Colorado came back and took the lead at 62-61. Utah tied the game at the free-throw line as Gylten went 1-for-2. However, Utah would not score again and would fall 66-62 in overtime.
Dasia Young led the team in points scoring 18 while grabbing six rebounds. Dru Gylten dished out six assists, and Kennady McQueen led the team with seven rebounds, the most in her career. Kelsey Rees had a career-high five blocked shots in the game.
Dasia Young drilled four three-pointers, totaling 18 points on 29 minutes after coming off the bench against Colorado. This is the first time in her career that she has made more than two three-point shots and attempted more than four three-point field goal attempts in a game. The last three-point field goal she made forced the game into overtime with just seven seconds left.
The Utes hit the road for a matinee contest with Colorado on Sunday, Jan. 30th. The Utes and the Buffs will tip at 12 p.m. MT from the CU Events Center. You can catch the game on the Pac-12 Networks or by turning on ESPN700 and listening to Tyson Ewing.
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