An ethical victory isn’t what Utah women’s basketball trainer Lynne Roberts used to be searching for Friday evening, and one she would no longer settle for after an 81-74 loss to UCLA on the Huntsman Center.
“I think we’re past that as a program,” she stated. “I really do. I think we’re at the stage where we were this close with ASU, we were this close with UCLA, which tells me that we’re good enough to hang, right, so we need to start winning them.”
Led by means of Megan Huff’s 17 issues and 16 issues from Daneesha Provo, the Utes by no means trailed by means of greater than 9 issues however may no longer overtake the Bruins in the fourth quarter.
UCLA led by means of 4 issues with 37 seconds closing in the fourth quarter, and hit unfastened throws the remainder of the way in which after Provo fouled out.
The Utes entered the evening with because the highest-scoring crew in Pac-12 play (81.Three issues consistent with sport).
“UCLA is really, really, good defensively, “Roberts said. “It’s hard to even explain how just long and athletic and aggressive they are, and to handle that for 40 minutes and still score 74 points — I mean, that’s pretty good.”
UCLA’s successful streak against Utah used to be prolonged to 11 video games, together with all 10 video games because the Utes joined the Pac-12.
After buying and selling the lead two times, UCLA ended the primary quarter on a 6-Zero run to take a 25-20 lead. Provo hit a Three-pointer to open the second one quarter and minimize the Bruins’ result in two issues, and a layup by means of Huff later minimize the result in 28-27, however the Bruins answered each time — led by means of Jordin Canada and Michaela Onyenwere, who scored 20 issues, UCLA led 42-38 at halftime.
In the second one part, Provo took issues into her personal palms. She scored seven instantly issues, grabbing a scouse borrow and scoring a layup, then hitting a three, then sinking two unfastened throws, to knot the ranking at 47 with six mins left in the 3rd duration. Three mins later, Tilar Clark’s layup gave the Utes their first lead because the first quarter at 53-51.
“I think we’re just really calm and collected,” Huff stated. “Throughout the whole thing everyone’s always encouraging each other… ‘Next, play, next paly, OK we got the next one.’ I think that’s the biggest thing is answering back.”
The Bruins went on a Five-Zero run to regain regulate, and led 56-54 going into the fourth quarter. Utah began the general quarter with a Three-pointer by means of Tori Williams for a one-point lead ahead of some other UCLA run, this one a 7-Zero spurt, gave the Bruins the lead the rest of the sport.