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McFarland's Career-High Leads Utah Past Washington

Feb 4, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – Sophomore Peyton McFarland scored a career-high 17 points as the Utah women's basketball team earned its second straight victory on Friday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Utes defeated the Washington Huskies, 71-66. 
Following McFarland in scoring for Utah (12-7, 3-4 Pac-12) was Brynna Maxwell with 14 points. Gianna Kneepkens rounded out the double-figure scorers with 13 points. McFarland grabbed a team-high five rebounds, and Kelsey Rees tallied three blocks against Washington (5-10, 0-7 Pac-12). 
The Huskies came out and scored the first points of the game before the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, Gianna Kneepkens, hit a three-pointer for the Utes. Washington and Utah continued to trade buckets, and a layup by Jenna Johnson tied the game at seven. Inês Vieira hit a three-pointer late in the first quarter putting Utah ahead 14-13. Utah held the lead for the remainder of the first quarter and grew the lead to seven, 22-15, to end the frame. 
The Utes offense started to cool off to start the second quarter as they went nearly four minutes to start the quarter without scoring. Kneepkens broke the scoreless streak and put the Utes ahead 24-21. However, Washington battled back and tied the game at 26. Utah continued to increase its lead as Peyton McFarland and Kneepkens continued to score for Utah. A layup by Kneepkens put the Utes ahead by four, 33-29. The Huskies came back and made it a one-point game before Brynna Maxwell hit a three putting Utah ahead by four, 36-32, at halftime. 
Washington kept the game close in the third quarter, and two minutes into the second half, the Huskies had the Utes lead down to one, 40-39. Utah answered by scoring the following four points, capped by a Dasia Young layup. The game remained within five points for the rest of the quarter, and Utah's lead was up to five, 53-48, after a McFarland layup. However, Washington scored the final three points, and Utah led 53-51 after three-quarters of play.  
The lead grew to five, 56-51, after a three by Kennady McQueen to open the fourth quarter. However, the Huskies continued to mount a comeback and tied the game at 58-58, two minutes later. After a TT Watkins layup, Washington would take a two-point lead, 60-58. 
Utah regained the lead a few minutes later on a three-point play by Dasia Young. Washington answered right back and tied the game at 63 with 3:51 remaining. Utah came back and scored the next four points taking a 67-63 lead. The Huskies got the lead down to one but could not get any closer, and Utah would come away with a 71-66 victory. 

Peyton McFarland led the Ute in scoring and rebounding on the night with 17 points and five rebounds. Brynna Maxwell and Gianna Kneepkens rounded out the double-figure scorers with 14 and 13 points, respectfully. Kelsey Rees led Utah with three blocks. 
"I'm happy we won. We hung in there. We looked like we missed Dru and couldn't quite get into a rhythm. I think Washington deserves some credit. You know new staff, and they're doing a really good job, they played hard. We still never really got into a rhythm, but we made baskets when we needed to. If you look at the shooting percentages, they're good, and rebounding was decent. Everything was good enough; we didn't play to our potential. We still found a way to win, and sometimes you have to win ugly, so I'm proud of our team for that. We can learn from this, but its sure beats learning from losing. I'm proud of our team, and there are no gimmie games in this league; it's competitive, everybody's well-coached, so it's a good win."
Peyton McFarland was the star of the night for Utah. She scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and collected a career-high five rebounds. She has scored in double-figures in Utah's last two games. 
Utah hosts Washington State on Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Utes and the Cougars will tip-off at 12 p.m. MT. You can catch the game on the Pac-12 Networks or by turning on ESPN700 and listening to Tyson Ewing and Milee Enger. The contest against Washington State our Power in Pink Game. Fans who were pink will receive FREE admission. 
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