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Utah's Joeseta Fatuesi (33) tries to keep the ball from Washington's Kelsey Plum, right, as Talia Walton defends behind during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Pac-12 women's tournament Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE — Freshman center Joeseta Fatuesi tied her season high with 16 points with nine rebounds, the University of Utah womens basketball team could not avoid a 75-64 defeat to Washington in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday in KeyArena.

Utah (9-21) had three players reach double-digits in points. Fatuesi made four of her first five shots on the way to a 16-point performance. She just missed her second double-double of the season after grabbing nine rebounds.

Freshman Tanaeya Boclair scored 14 points and came up just two shy of tying her season high, including an 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line.

Junior point guard Danielle Rodriguez poured in 12 points to go with four rebounds, including a game-high five assists with a 4-for-5 night at the free throw line.

Senior guard Cheyenne Wilson buried three 3-pointers to go with three rebounds.

Senior forward Taryn Wicijowski turned in her 11th game with 10 or more rebounds as she tied for game-high honors by hauling in 11 rebounds.

Rodriguez opened the scoring with an old-fashioned 3-point play, Wilson connected on a jump shot and Fatuesi converted a lay-in (7-0) before a 19-7 Husky run gave UW an 19-14 lead. Three-pointers by Wilson and sophomore guard Paige Crozon brought the Utes within one (21-20) before a 6-1 Utah spurt gave them the lead back (23-22). The Utes would lead by as many as eight (34-26) before heading into halftime with a six-point advantage (34-24). Wilson led the way with nine points, while Fatuesi had eight pts. Wicijowski and Fatuesi have six boards apiece.

The Huskies went on a 13-2 run to start the second half to open a five-point lead (41-36), but Utah fought back to take a 48-47 lead. Washington then went on a 9-2 stretch to seize a 60-52 advantage. The Utes were able to respond with a 9-4 spurt to get back to within three (64-61), but unfortunately could not get any closer as Washington took the 75-64 victory.

Washington (23-8) was led by a combined 52 points from Jazmine Davis (29) and Kelsey Plum (23).