TUCSON, Ariz. -- Freshman center Joeseta Fatuesi came up just one rebound shy of her second double-double of the season, but the University of Utah womens basketball team dropped its regular-season finale at Arizona, 64-41, on Sunday in the McKale Center.
Utah (9-20, 3-15 Pac-12) had two players reach double-figures in points as the Utes committed only seven turnovers on the day, while forcing 10 by the Wildcats.
Fatuesi scored a team-high 12 points after making six of 12 shots from the floor to go with another team-high mark, nine rebounds. The Santa Clara, Calif., native came up just one rebound shy of her second double-double of the season. She has recorded six double-digit games on the season and this was the third time she has led the Utes in scoring this season and the second time in the last three games.
Senior guard Cheyenne Wilson joined Fatuesi in double-digits as she posted 11 points, including a 3-for-5 afternoon from 3-point range. She also collected three rebounds as she poured in nine points in the first half to go with three boards. She has eight games with double-digits in points and scored 10 or more points in four of the last five outings.
Junior point guard Danielle Rodriguez scored five points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Senior forward Taryn Wicijowski added four points with three boards to go with a block and steal. She is now six points from tying Morgan Warburton-Nelson for sixth on Utahs all-time scoring list and needs six more rebounds to tie Deb Asper for third in school history (1,042 from 1980-84).
The Wildcats scored eight of the first 10 points to start the game (10-4) and would lead by as many as 10 (16-6). An 11-0 run featuring Wicijowski free throw, a Valerie Nawahine 3-pointer, Boclair lay-in and Fatuesi post move gave Utah the lead for the first time (17-16) as the Ute defense limited Arizona without a point for more than six minutes. Utah led by as many as three (21-18) before an 11-0 Arizona surge put the Utes at an eight-point deficit (29-21). Utah cut that deficit by two and went into halftime facing a 35-29 deficit. Fatuesi scored 10 points in the first half alone and also grabbed three boards, while Wilson recorded a team-high nine points in the first half to go with three rebounds.
The Wildcats worked their lead to as many as 23, their largest lead of the game, in the second half and they took the victory by an identical margin (64-41).
Arizona (10-19, 3-15 Pac-12) was led by 23 points by Candice Warthen.
The Utes drew the No. 12 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament next week in Seattle and will face No. 5 seed Washington in the first round on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. PT in KeyArena.