EUGENE, Ore. — It was a game that came down to the final quarter after the Utah women’s basketball team battled back to a one-point lead in the third, but Oregon outscored the Utes 27-9 in the fourth for an 87-65 victory. Utah is 18-2 overall and 7-2 in Pac-12 play this season.
The score was not indicative of an incredible game that was just a two-point contest with 9:20 to go. After chipping away in the third quarter by shooting 52 percent from the floor that included 15 points from Megan Huff, the Utes were unable to keep the momentum in their favor in the fourth, forcing six turnovers and only scoring nine points.
Huff finished the game with a career-high 38 points, adding 11 rebounds for her second straight double-double and her 11th of the season. The senior was unstoppable down low and on the arc, shooting 13-of-25 from the field and 6-of-7 from the three.
Dru Gylten added 11 points that included three made three-pointers, including one from NBA range, chipping in three boards, an assist and a steal. Dre’Una Edwards pitched in nine points while Erika Bean was able to come up with five points and a game-high-tying nine assists.
“Oregon is fantastic with a great atmosphere and a great crowd, which makes it a very tough place to play,” head coach Lynne Roberts said. “We looked a little tentative in the first half. Huffy came to play though and had phenomenal, career night and just played fearless. I thought our third quarter was fantastic, but our fourth quarter wasn’t. We had too many missed opportunities with 18 turnovers, and you can’t do that on the road against this team. They will turn those turnovers into points, and they did.”
Heading into the media timeout in the first quarter, the Utes trailed 13-5 after Oregon started the game 6-of-8 shooting while holding the Utes to just 20 percent from the floor. The Utes only shot 27 percent from the field in the quarter while committing four turnovers, trailing the Ducks 22-11 at the end of the first.
Huff scored nine of Utah’s first 11 points of the second quarter, bringing Utah within seven points with 6:01 on the clock. Huff ended up scoring 11 in the second quarter alone, and, despite shooting just 25 percent from the three as a team in the second, the Utes headed into halftime down just 37-27.
The Utes put up a gritty third quarter, battling back to within six and three points on outstanding plays by Moore on both ends of the court that included a huge three-pointer to cut the Oregon lead to 46-43. The Utes continued to fight with Huff crossing the 30-point line on an incredible layup followed by a huge three to tie the game 48-48 with 3:34 to go in the quarterComment on this story
The Utes were able to go on a 6-0 run late in the third quarter, capped off by a layup by Dre’Una Edwards to give Utah its first lead of the game at 56-54 with under a minute remaining in the quarter. Oregon had an answer though, scoring six unanswered points including a three-point play with seconds remaining to take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Oregon took off on an 17-3 run to start the fourth quarter, jumping out to a 77-62 lead while holding Utah scoreless for over four minutes of play and forcing four turnovers during the run. Utah ended up only scoring nine points in the fourth quarter with Oregon taking a 7-0 run into the final minutes of the game to claim the 22-point win.
Utah returns to action on Sunday against No. 9 Oregon State. The game will tip off at 1 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12 Mountain and Pac-12 Oregon.