TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Utah women’s basketball completed its second road sweep of the Pac-12 season today with an 80-56 win over Arizona. Utah improved to 14-5 overall and 5-3 in league play.
Utah shot 52-percent from the floor (26-50) and 44-percent from the three, holding Arizona to just 33-percent shooting overall, also outrebounding the Wildcats 40-20. The Utes were led by redshirt junior Megan Huff, who had 17 points and nine rebounds. Tori Williams chipped in 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting with Daneesha Provo adding 12 points and seven boards.
“We got a win on the road, which is great and we shot the ball 52-percent,” head coach Lynne Roberts said. “I thought Daneesha had a tough game at ASU, didn’t do much in the first half and then had a huge third quarter which really opened it up for us. Tori and Huff really opened up the first half too. We were balanced.”
“I am proud of our team. We had five conference wins last season and now we have matched that and we aren’t even half way through. We are going to celebrate and enjoy this road sweep, but we know it isn’t going to get any easier.”
The Utes started the game with confidence on the offensive side of the ball, shooting 75-percent from the floor in the first five minutes of the first quarter. Utah jumped out to a 16-5 lead on a 13-3 run, sparked by back-to-back three-pointers from Williams to start the game.
Utah headed into the second quarter with a 12-point lead, thanks in large part to the Utes shooting 71-percent from the arc (5-for-7). The Wildcats made it a 10-point game early in the quarter, but Williams kept firing away, hitting five straight points to give Utah a 29-14 lead with 7:46 on the clock in the second.
Despite hitting an offensive skid later in the second quarter, the Utes were able to head into the locker room at halftime with a 38-26 lead. Utah shot 50-percent from the field and from the arc in the first half and out-rebounded the Wildcats 22-14.
Arizona whittled away at the Utah lead early in the third quarter, making it an eight-point game with 8:25 on the clock, but Provo had an answer, hitting a quarter three to give Utah a 41-30 advantage. Provo and the Utes turned it into a 16-2 run after Provo hit three consecutive shots from deep, eventually sending Utah into the fourth quarter up 61-40.
The Utes opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 68-45 lead with 7:24 left to play in the game, sparked by strong paint play by Tilar Clark. The Utes shot 50-percent in the fourth quarter, maintaining a strong offense while also forcing five turnovers on the defensive end to come away with the win.
Utah returns to action on Friday, Jan. 26 when they host Oregon State for its annual Pink Out game. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.