Women's Basketball Defeats Colorado, 78-67
BOULDER, Colo. – The Utah women's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the Colorado Buffaloes, 78-67, at CU Events Center. Dasia Young hit a career-high five threes in the win.
Utah (11-7, 2-4 Pac-12) was led in scoring by Dasia Young. Young scored 15 points as she went 5-of-6 on threes to set a career-high. Peyton McFarland and Brynna Maxwell followed with 13 points each. Inês Vieira led the Utes with eight rebounds and four assists in the win over Colorado (14-5, 3-5 Pac-12).
The Utes came out on fire from behind the three-point line as they hit their first three three-pointers of the game. Gianna Kneepkens hit the first for the Utes, and Kennady McQueen followed, making it 6-0. The Utes lead grew to eight, 10-2, after a Kneepkens layup. Colorado chipped away at the Utes lead, and it was down to two, 12-10, with six minutes to go in the quarter. Utah followed with a 7-0 run taking a 19-10 lead after a Peyton McFarland layup. Utah held a lead of 22-12 after the first quarter.
McFarland extended the lead to 12, 24-12 after collecting an offensive rebound and putting it back for a layup. Utah extended the lead to 11, 31-20, after a Brynna Maxwell jumper as the shot clock expired. Utah went scoreless following Maxwell's jumper until Young hit a three-pointer with 1:15 left in the half. Colorado answered back and went tied the game, and Young's three put Utah ahead 34-31 to go into halftime.
After a layup by Rees, the Utes came out of halftime and extended the lead up to seven points, 40-33. Over the next three possessions, the Utes and the Buffaloes would hit three straight threes, two for Utah and one for Colorado. Utah's second one was by Maxwell, increasing the Utes lead to 10, 46-36. The Buffaloes continued to battle back and, with three minutes left in the third, had the Utes lead down to four, 50-46. Utah outscored Colorado 10-4 over the final three minutes of the quarter and took a 60-50 lead after three-quarters of play.
The Utes and the Buffaloes came out and traded leads over the first two minutes of the fourth quarter. Utah stretched the lead to 12 points, 66-54, after a layup by McFarland. Utah continued to hold onto a double-figure lead, and it was extended to 12, 70-58, after a Maxwell jumper. The lead grew to as many as 13 late in the fourth quarter after a pair of free throws by Vieira. Utah came away with a 78-67 victory.
Dasia Young led the Utes with scoring for the second straight game. Young scored 15 points on 5-of-6 on three-pointers. Peyton McFarland and Brynna Maxwell followed with 13 points each, and Inês Vieira followed with 12 points. Vieira led the Utes with eight rebounds on the game, including five offensive rebounds, and led the team with four assists.
TALKING ABOUT THE GAME: HEAD COACH LYNNE ROBERTS
"I was please with Inês leadership on the court as she had very little fear today as made her first start. She got rattled a little, and I reminded her to keep playing fast as that's her strength. She put pressure on Colorado and drew fouls. This was a total team effort today, and we needed everyone as everyone contributed, and I am proud of the team for bouncing back."
Dasia Young set a career-high for the second straight game for three-pointers made. She went 5-for-6 on threes today. Over the last two games, 9-for-13, from behind the arc. She has scored 33 points in the last two games.
Utah returns home to host Washington on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Utes and the Huskies will square off at 7 p.m. MT. You can catch the game on the Pac-12 Networks or by turning on ESPN700 and listening to Tyson Ewing. The contest against Washington is National Girls and Women in Sports Night at the Huntsman Center.
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