SPOKANE, Wash. — Five Utes hit double-figures for Utes as the University of Utah womens basketball team earned a 92-77 victory over Gonzaga in a WNIT Round Two matchup Monday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Utah (18-14) received its second-highest offensive output of the season with 92 points of a 46.0 (29-62) field goal percentage. The Utes made 10 3-point attempts, which tied for their second most this season, on 24 3-attempts (41.7 percent).
The Ute defense limited the Zags to a 34.3 percent (24-70) shooting percentage and Utah earned a 43-40 advantage in rebounds.
The Utes next travel to Eugene, Ore., for an All-Pac-12 Conference WNIT Third Round matchup at Oregon on Wednesday. Tipoff time from Matthew Knight Arena is at 7 p.m. MT with live video here.
Junior wing Paige Crozon poured in a game-high 22 points after making five of seven shots from the floor to go with five rebounds. The Humboldt, Saskatchewan, native made all eight of her free-throw attempts. This was her fifth career game with 20 or more points, all coming this season and she has scored at least 20 in three of Utahs last four games.
Redshirt sophomore forward Emily Potter turned in her 16th double-double of the season (20th of her career) with 13 points and 12 rebounds along with three blocks. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native has scored 10 or more 28 times in 32 outings this season (47 career) and had 10 or more boards 16 times in 2015-16 (22 career).
Redshirt sophomore Malia Nawahine scored 17 points along with four rebounds and two assists. She tied her career high with three made 3-pointers on seven attempts and has reached double-figures 12 times this season and 20 times over her career.
Sophomore wing Tanaeya Boclair recorded 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting. She also hauled in six rebounds and dished out five assists, which tied for the team high. The San Antonio native converted on five of six foul shots.
Senior point guard Danielle Rodriguez made five of seven shots for 11 points, her 16th game scoring 10 or more this season and the 44th of her career.
Redshirt sophomore guard Devri Owens equaled her season high with six points as she buried a pair of first-half 3-pointers.
Freshman point guard tied Boclair for team-high honors with five assists, while scoring four points. Sophomore forward Joeseta Fatuesi scored four points after making two of three shots from the floor to go along with three boards.
Gonzaga grabbed an early 13-5 lead at the start of the contest before the Utes responded with a 9-0 run. Owens found Nawahine for back-to-back transition lay-ins and Rodriguez banked in a field goal for her first field goal attempt of the game and Rodriguez chased down a 50-50 ball at midcourt and sprinted for a lay-in and was fouled in the act for the old-fashioned 3-point play (14-13). The teams then traded the lead four more times before the first quarter was knotted at 20. Nawahine and Rodriguez tied for the team high with seven points apiece as the Utes shot 47.1 (8-17) from floor and held Gonzaga to 33.3 percent.
Crozon buried a corner 3-pointer to start the second frame and the Utes took seven of the first nine points of the quarter to grab a 27-22 lead. Fatuesi grabbed an offensive board and converted a lay-in for the sixth tie of the contest (32-32) and she also had another layup to re-tie the game for the seventh time at 34 all. Utah ended the half on a 9-2 run with Owens making two 3-pointers and Nawahine burying one to push Utah ahead 43-36, after two quarters of plays.
Utah made 9-of-15 field goal attempts and the Utes outscored Gonzaga 15-7 to start the third quarter. Utah extended out to a 20-point edge (66-46) with three minutes left in the third frame after going on a 12-3 run and would carry a 68-54 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Gonzaga pulled within nine (68-59) to start the fourth frame before senior Katie Kuklok used a shot fake to put Utah back ahead by 11 (72-61). The Zags battled back to within eight on four occasions, the last coming at 83-75, but could get no closer before the Utes went on to claim the 92-77 victory.
Gonzaga (19-14) was led by 18 points and nine boards from Jill Barta.