LOGAN — The University of Utah women’s basketball team posted a 79-44 win on the road against Utah State on Monday night, improving to 8-2 on the season.
Tilar Clark, who began her collegiate career at Utah State, led the Utes in scoring with 17 points, shooting 6-for-9 from the field while adding five rebounds. Emily Potter chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds with Megan Huff (15 points) and Tori Williams (10 points) rounding out Utah’s double-digit scorers.
It was a back-and-forth scoring affair to start the first quarter, but Huff sparked a 10-0 run for the Utes with five straight points, giving Utah a 13-4 lead with 5:29 on the clock. Another run (8-0) gave Utah a 16-point lead with just a minute to play in the first quarter, eventually sending the Utes into the second quarter with a 26-13 advantage.
The Utes started slowly in the second quarter, allowing Utah State to cut the lead to just nine points with5:51 left to play on a 6-2 run. It didn’t take long for Utah to answer with a run of its own, going on a 7-0 run to send them into halftime up 42-26, holding Utah State scoreless for the final 3:32 of the quarter.
Utah held Utah State to just 11-percent from the arc in the first half while shooting 46-percent from the three and 48-percent from the floor themselves. The Utes also forced nine turnovers in the first half, scoring nine points off the Aggie mistakes.
Potter was able to extend the Utah lead to 18 points early in the third quarter with back-to-back open buckets to make it 46-28. The Aggies were able to make it a 14-point game with 7:58 on the clock, but Utah got its offensive and defensive rhythm back late in the quarter when they went on a 7-0 run, holding Utah State from scoring a single point for the last 4:32 of the quarter.
Utah opened the fourth and final quarter of the game with a 25-point lead, extending its run from the end of the third quarter after Clark scored five unanswered points to give them a 60-35 lead. Even with the large lead, it was the Utah defense that continued to shine down the stretch, keeping Utah State without a field goal for the final 5:41 of the game, giving them the 79-44 win on the road.
Utah returns to action for its final non-conference game of the season when they host Oral Roberts University on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.