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Women's Basketball Hits 17 Threes in Win over Southeastern Louisiana

Nov 13, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah women's basketball team hit the second most threes in a single game in school history with 17 in the 99-62 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. 
 
The Utes had seven players hit a three in the contest as Gianna Kneepkens hit a career-high five in the win. Utah shot 53.1 percent from behind the arc and 59.3 percent from the field in the game. They had four players in double figures, Jenna Johnson (20 points), Kennady McQueen (18 points), Kneepkens (18 points), and Alissa Pili (16 points). 
 
Coming out of the gate, Kneepkens had a hot hand for the Utes as she opened the game by hitting her first two three-pointers, and Utah led 6-4. After taking the lead at 6-4, Utah stretched it to four, 9-5, after a McQueen three. After an old-fashioned three-point play, the lead went to seven, 12-5. The threes continued to fall for the Utes in the first quarter as Teya Sidberry hit the fifth three of the quarter for Utah. After the first quarter of play, Utah led 21-12. 
 
After a Pili layup, the lead was extended to 13 points, 25-12. The Lady Lions continued to battle and trimmed the lead down to eight after a Taylor Bell layup. Following the layup, Utah's three-pointers would fall as they hit three in a row. McQueen hit one, and Kneepkens hit two, putting Utah ahead by 17, 36-19. Utah would stretch the lead up to 20 after a pair of free throws by Johnson, and Utah took that 20-point lead, 45-25, into halftime. 
 
Utah hit nine three-pointers in the first half and shot 59 percent from the floor. 
 
Utah extended the lead to 26 points, 54-28, over the first three minutes of the third quarter as McQueen hit another three-pointer. After a jumper by McQueen, Johnson hit back-to-back threes, and Utah's lead was up to 32, 62-30. With a 37-point lead, the Lady Lions slowly started coming back and had the lead down to 27 points after a 10-0 run. The Utes scored the quarter's final four points and held a 71-40 lead after three quarters of play. 
 
Opening the fourth quarter, both teams traded baskets, but the Utes did not let the lead get under 30 points. Midway through the quarter, the Utes had the lead back to 37, 86-49, after a Pili layup. The Utes would get the lead to as many as 39 points in the quarter and came away with a 99-62 victory. 
  
GAME LEADERS
Jenna Johnson led the team in scoring with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. She was one of four players in double figures. Kennady McQueen led the team with seven rebounds, and Inês Vieira dished out eight assists in the game. 
 
TALKING ABOUT THE GAME: HEAD COACH LYNNE ROBERTS
"This was a great win. We weren't perfect, but for us to have 29 assists on 35 baskets, that's about as good as you can do. We shot 60 percent for the game and hit 17 threes. We did a good job except for the last two minutes of moving the ball and making that extra pass. That's how we always want to play, unselfish ball. The shooting numbers show that those were assisted threes, which means we're attacking, the defense is collapsing, and we're kicking out; so proud of that. Jenna Johnson and Alissa Pili were really good today. Look at their shooting numbers or percentages. We've got to find ways to get them more touches, down low. Great game. Solid win. Southeastern Louisiana played hard and scrappy, and you know, rarely do we get beat on the offensive boards, but we did. That's something we're going to clean up and work on. Overall, just a great, great team win."
 

STANDOUT STAT
29. The Utes dished out 29 assists on 35 made baskets. Inês Vieira led the team with eight assists, and eight players on the team had at least one assist. Six different players had three or more assists in the game. The eight assists for Vieira tied her career-high. 
 
UP NEXT
Utah returns to action on Wednesday evening when they host No. 15 Oklahoma at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. You can also catch the game on the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk and Mary Murphy on the call, or it will be aired on ESPN700 with Tyson Ewing and Milee Enger calling the shots. Live Stats can be found at UtahUtes.com.
 
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