The University of Utah women’s basketball pulled off its second road sweep of the Pac - 12 season with a 80-56 blowout win over Arizona, Sunday.
Shooting 52 percent from the floor and 44 percent from the three, the Utes were led by redshirt junior Megan Huff, who had 17 points and nine rebounds. Tori Williams wasn’t far behind. She finished with 15 points, while Daneesha Provo added 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.”
With this win, the Utes have improved to 14-5 overall and 5-3 in league play. Last year the team had five conference wins. They’ve already matched that this season.
“We are going to celebrate and enjoy this road sweep, but we know it isn’t going to get any easier,” said Roberts.
To start the afternoon game, Utah jumped out to a 16-5 lead on a 13-3 run, sparked by back-to-back three-pointers from Williams.
Utah went 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.
In the third quarter, Utah watched their lead diminish, as Arizona made it an eight point game with 8:25 on the clock. Provo hit a much-needed three to widen the scoring gap to 41-30, which gave Utah a little bit of a cushion. 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 the Huntsman Center Friday, January 26 when they’ll host Oregon State for its annual Pink Out game. Tipoff will be at 6:00 p.m.