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Utah Women’s Basketball Snuffs Out Utah Valley University, 97-27

Nov 11, 2022, 8:28 PM
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Guard Kennady McQueen takes a shot for Utah Women's Basketball against UVU on November 11, 2022. (Photo Courtesy of Utah Athletics)
(Photo Courtesy of Utah Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY- Monday’s contest against Idaho may have left a lot to be desired for Utah women’s basketball, but Friday’s contest against UVU did not. Head coach Lynne Roberts said as much in her post-game thoughts with the Utes posting a dominating performance over the Wolverines, 97-27.

“Great game, really hard to nit-pick,” Roberts started. “I’m just proud of our team. I challenged them to come out better and start the game better. Just how we came out against Idaho in our first game wasn’t good or good enough. I think we set the tone in the first five or six minutes.”

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One area that was noticeably better than Monday was the shooting for Utah. As a team the Utes were 55% from the field, 46% shooting the three, and 80% from the line. The Utes made 11 total three-point shots in their win over the Wolverines.

Kennady McQueen led the charge in points for the Utes posting 15 and accounting for five of the 11 Utah three point shots.

Alissa Pili was once again Utah’s rebound queen hauling in eight loose balls.

When it came to assists on the afternoon, Ines Vieira was on the case for the Utes coming in hot with five.

The Utes were also really affective as a team in forcing turnovers. So much so that they set a program record of 30 on the afternoon.

“It was a total team effort,” Roberts said. “Everybody played. Everybody scored quite a bit.”

Hot Shot, Kennady McQueen

McQueen is one of the better shooters on a team that is very good at shooting the ball. McQueen said much of Utah’s success Friday afternoon came from being patient and finding the extra pass- something they weren’t doing on Monday.

“I think what is super cool about when we are playing Utah basketball- when we play it for 40 minutes- that’s the results we get,” McQueen said. “Those inside out threes- if they take that away, that’s when our post go to work. We really exploited that and knew that coming into this game that if we could play Utah basketball and make the extra pass- I thought that was the key tonight.”

Up Next

The women will be taking on Southeastern Louisiana Sunday night, November 13 at the Huntsman Center. Tipoff is 7 p.m. MT.

 

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports

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