Utah Women’s Basketball Come Up Short To UCLA In Pac-12 Tournament

Mar 7, 2024, 11:39 PM

LAS VEGAS – The No. 22 Utah women’s basketball team handled their business against ASU and now face the No. 7 UCLA Bruins in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Tournament.

The Utes started a little slow against the Sun Devils Wednesday night, but eventually turned up the heat, particularly after an incredible third quarter half-court buzzer beater. Utah will be looking to carry that momentum into Thursday’s meeting with UCLA- a team they split results with in the regular season.

The Utes started strong but UCLA wasn’t going to go away easy going into the locker room with a 32-27 lead.

Utah continued to battle but the Bruins seemed to have an answer for every move the Utes made. UCLA walked away with the win 67-57.

How The Semifinal Round Of The Pac-12 Tournament Looks

No. 13 Oregon State took care of business against No. 18 Colorado earlier in the day and will play No. 2 Stanford on Friday who beat Cal earlier Thursday. That game will tipoff at 6:00 pm MT and can be viewed on Pac-12 Networks.

No. 5 USC had to battle hard against Arizona, but will turn their attention to No. 7 UCLA on Friday with tipoff set for 8:30 pm MT. That game will also be available on Pac-12 Networks.

Looking Ahead At The Utah Women’s Basketball Schedule

With Utah’s run in the Pac-12 Tournament over, the Utes will wait for Selection Sunday to learn their NCAA Tournament Regional fate.

Starting Lineups Utah Women Vs. UCLA

Utah Women Stats Leaders In Pac-12 Quarterfinal

  • Scoring Leader: Alissa Pili – 16 points
  • Rebound Leader: Maty Wilke – 7 rebounds
  • Assists Leader: Jenna Johnson – 4 assists

Alissa Pili finished as the leading scorer for the Utes with 16 points while adding four rebounds and two assists.

Kennady McQueen came in as Utah’s second leading scorer with 14 points while adding three rebounds.

Ines Vieira and Maty Wilke rounded things out with 11 and 10 points.

Noteworthy Women’s Basketball Team Stats In Pac-12 Quarterfinal

The Utah women didn’t have the best night shooting against UCLA going 35% from the field, 30% from the three, and 50% from their trips to the line.

The Utes collected 27 rebounds, 12 assists, one block and 10 steals.

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Utah Women’s Basketball Come Up Short To UCLA In Pac-12 Tournament