Utes Suffer Long Scoring Drought Against Huskies

Feb 21, 2019, 7:12 PM | Updated: 7:14 pm
Alina Rogers, Utah Athletics...
Alina Rogers, Utah Athletics

SEATTLE, Wash. – Against the stifling zone defense played by the Washington Huskies, the Utah Utes struggled mightily, going nearly 16 minutes without a made field goal in a 62-45 Washington victory.

Utah’s Riley Battin knocked down a jumper with 4:38 remaining in the first half to bring the score to 25-23 for Washington. From there, the Utes had extremely long dry spell and it wasn’t until Both Gach knocked down a triple with 8:50 left in the game that the Utes finally made another field goal.

By then Washington had a 14-point lead at 46-32 and the game was essentially over.

Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak was disappointed in his team’s performance when speaking to the media after the game, but gave plenty of credit to the Huskies.

“We could not hit free throws. We didn’t finish around the rim. We had too many turnovers and that is what happens when you don’t score points,” said Krystkowiak. ”But, that is that and that is why they lead the conference in field goal percentage defense. That zone is daunting and we didn’t step up and make plays.”

Hackett Says Utes Couldn’t Hack It

KSL Sports’ Tom Hackett gave his take on why Utah went so long without scoring a field goal.

Fans React

Fans on social media reacted live to the Utes’ struggles.


The Utes will look for an improved performance at Washington State on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.


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