The Utah Utes women’s basketball team (16-13, 8-10) stunned Washington State (14-15, 5-13) on Saturday afternoon 75-69 in what was a gutsy, second-half comeback win in both teams’ regular season finale.
Lead by Danielle Rodriguez and Paige Crozon who scored 28 points each, the Utes came back from a 13-point deficit and swept the season series against the Cougars who were without sophomore forward Louise Brown who was sitting out with an undisclosed injury.
It was tale of two halves for the Utes, who trailed 38-26 after the first two quarters. Utah committed 13 turnovers in the first half resulting in twelve points for Washington State. Head coach Lynne Roberts was able to focus her team at halftime as the Utes committed only six turnovers in the second half.
Utah also dominated the glass, grabbing 22 more rebounds than Washington State including 17 offensive boards which led to 18 second-chance points. 16 of those rebounds fell into the hands of Crozon, who registered a double-double.
For the Cougars, freshman phenom Borislava “Bobi” Hristova lead the team with 14 points and Caila Hailey added eleven herself, including a huge three-pointer in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to cut Utah’s lead to one.
The Cougars were not able to keep their foot on the gas and allowed Utah back into the game after halftime, a repeating storyline for the season as the Cougars have lost five conference games by a combined 15 points. Both teams will head to Seattle next week for the Pac-12 women’s tournament.
The bracket and seeding for the tournament will be released on Sunday evening once the final weekend of Pac-12 women’s basketball is completed.