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FILE: Utah Utes forward Megan Huff (5) collides with California Golden Bears forward/center Kristine Anigwe (31) while dribbling with the ball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The No. 14 University of Utah women’s basketball team fell to the No. 9 Oregon State Beavers in a top-15 showdown today in Gill Coliseum, 71-63. Utah is 18-3 overall this season and 7-3 in Pac-12 play.

It was a back and forth game with seven lead changes and eight ties, but after cutting the OSU lead to four late in the game, the Utes were unable to close the gap and suffered its third loss of the season.

Senior Megan Huff finished the game with 17 points and 12 rebounds, her third straight double-double. Sarah Porter put up 11 points and two rebounds with Andrea Torres adding nine points, four rebounds and two assists.

“I thought both teams played well and it was back and forth, but they had that little stretch in the fourth quarter when we made some errors and they capitalized on that,” head coach Lynne Roberts said. “Oregon State is a really good team and experience will be the best teacher for us. I have a lot of respect for them and I think they are well-coached.”

“For us though, we have had the toughest four-game stretch in our schedule with Cal, No. 6 Stanford and then Oregon and Oregon State on the road. We went 2-2 with only eight players and four freshmen, so that is pretty good. We are 18-3 and now we go back home, so we need to be looking at the big picture. I hate losing, but I am pretty pleased with where we sit right now.”

The Utes outrebounded Oregon State 15-5 in the first quarter, and despite multiple scoring droughts through the 10-minute period, were able to head into the second with a 13-8 lead. Utah started the game with back-to-back threes from Bean and Moore, holding OSU scoreless to the 6:12 mark, but the Utes hit a scoring drought of their own allowing Oregon State to close the gap.

Utah led by as many as nine in the second quarter after Bean hit an angle three, but Oregon State dug in and went on a 6-0 run with less than four to go, cutting the Utah lead to 23-20. Porter ended the Beavers’ run, but they answered again with another six unanswered points, eventually heading into halftime with the game tied 28-28.

Oregon State opened the third quarter on a 6-0 run and led by as many as six early, but the Utes kept fighting, going on a 9-0 run that included five straight points from Torres to take back a 41-38 lead with 4:51 on the clock. Torres ended the quarter with nine points, helping the Utes to come back from behind once again with key offensive rebounds to send the game into the fourth quarter tied 51-51.

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Utah was able to jump out to a 56-53 lead on a corner three from Porter, but Oregon State once again answered with a 9-0 run to take a 62-56 lead heading into the final six minutes of the fourth quarter. Oregon State was able to jump back out to a nine-point lead with less than three minutes remaining the game, but Moore dropped five straight points to make it a four-point game again at 67-63.

It was a five-point game with less than a minute left, forcing the Utes to foul with Oregon State hitting four free throws down the stretch. Unfortunately, the Utes weren’t able to convert on its last attempts, falling 71-63.

Utah will return to action when they host the L.A. schools, starting with its game against USC on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. MT. The game will be Utah’s annual Pink Game and will also have events to celebrate National Women and Girls In Sports Day.