Women's basketball roundup: Janita Badon's late 3 leads Utes past Huskies

Published: Saturday, Jan. 7 2012 10:28 p.m. MST

SEATTLE — Janita Badon scored 16 points, including a 3-pointer to force overtime and two straight lay-ins to open the extra period, as Utah survived a frigid-shooting second half Saturday to beat Washington 49-36.

Michelle Plouffe had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Utes (8-6, 1-2 Pac-12).

Jazmine Davis, the conference's top-scoring freshman at 12.6 points per game, scored 15 to lead the Huskies (9-5, 1-3). Regina Rogers added 10, but sat out most of the second half with a cramp in her leg.

Badon brought on overtime with her long shot from the left of the lane with 4 seconds, making it 32-32. Washington then turned it over on an inbounds violation, but Davis blocked Badon's shot.

Badon drove for a lay-in to give Utah a 34-32 lead at the outset of overtime, then stole the ball and went the length of the court for another lay-in and a 36-32 lead. Washington cut it to 36-33 on a free throw by Davis, but the Utes ran off eight straight points to put it out of reach at 44-33 with 1:43 to go.

Utah missed its first 17 shots of the second half — 21 straight going back to the first half — and Washington led 31-23 with 7 minutes to play. But the Huskies only managed one free throw, allowing the Utes to score just enough to draw even.

The Utes shot just 26 percent for the game and the Huskies hit only 25 percent.

Badon's 16 points gave her 1,013 for her career, making her the 22nd player in Utah history to hit the 1,000 mark.

Utah took a 21-19 lead into the break despite going scoreless for the last 5:03. But Washington was unable to move back on top because it went the final 6:49 of the half without a field goal, managing just one free throw during that stretch.

BYU 76, SAN FRANCISCO 67: At San Francisco, the Cougars (3-1) continue to blow through the first round of West Coast Conference play.

"I'm very happy with the win," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "Our starting five did a great job today. Jen (Hamson) came in and gave us a big lift, especially with her inside presence. Haley (Steed) had an outstanding game and Riley continues to play her best games right now."

Kristen Riley, who ranks second in league play for points-per-game, put up 19 points for the Cougars (14-3, 3-1) with five rebounds and a career-high four blocks. Haley Steed had 13 points, shooting 5-for-6 from the field and 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, and five assists. True freshman Lexi Eaton scored 11 points, shooting 50 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free-throw line.

UTAH STATE 61, UTAH VALLEY 43: At Logan, four different players reached double-digits in scoring for the Aggies (9-5).

Senior forward Ashlee Brown and senior guard Brooke Jackson led Utah State with 13 points each. Brown was one of three Aggies with eight rebounds along with senior forward Maddy Plunkett and freshman guard Elise Nelson, who had a stand out game. Nelson also added a career-high 12 points, going 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. Plunkett added 10 points as the fourth Aggie in double figures. Junior guard Jenna Johnson played stellar defense with a career-high six steals.

Utah Valley (6-9) was led by nine points off the bench from Whitney Jenkins. Sammie Jensen, the Wolverines leading scorer, was held to seven points but added a game-high 11 boards.

PORTLAND STATE 66, WEBER STATE 56: At Ogden, the Wildcats are close to proving their can run with any team in the Big Sky Conference. Now it's just a matter of finishing things out. Senior center Mikell Woodfield scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Wildcats at the Dee Events Center.

Junior forward Amanda Hughes added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats.

Sophomore guard Jordan Pfau, who earned a standing ovation prior to tip-off for her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," added nine points and four rebounds, and sophomore guard Justine Johnson had eight points and a pair of steals in 40 minutes.

Kate Lanz, the No. 2 scorer in the Big Sky, had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Vikings, and was one of four players to reach double-figures scoring.

DIXIE STATE 76, NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR 63: At Belmont, Calif., Erica Hayes scored a career-high 23 points and Becca Thomas earned her first career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Red Storm (8-4, 3-1) shot 46 percent (30-65) and out rebounded the Argonauts (3-10, 1-3) 48-31 to pick up the pivotal PacWest Conference victory.

NORTH DAKOTA ST. 80, SOUTHERN UTAH 68: At Cedar City, North Dakota State went 11-18 from the 3-point line.

WESTMINTER 71, MONTANA WESTERN 63: At Dillon, Mont., the Grifins (9-6) picked up their fourth-straight win.

NORTH IDAHO 62, SLCC 57: At Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Sophia Hepworth and Nicole Newbold scored 11 points apiece for the Bruins (9-6, 0-2).

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