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Utah women’s basketball: Utes take on home Huskies in Pac-12 first round
Pac-12 basketball » Utah, the No. 11 seed, faces No. 6 seed Washington, which it lost to by 1 point twice in the regular season.
First Published Mar 06 2014 08:31 pm • Last Updated Mar 08 2014 08:29 pm

Seattle • Utah’s 11th-seeded women’s basketball team hopes it can make amends for two close losses to Washington in the regular season by upsetting the Huskies in the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday night.

The Utes (11-18, 4-14) take on the Huskies (17-12, 10-8) at 9:30 p.m. in a game televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

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Utah lost to Washington 53-52 in overtime in January and 67-66 in February.

Washington’s Kelsey Plum and Jazmine Davis led the Huskies in those wins, with Plum averaging 16.5 points and Davis averaging 15.5 points vs. the Utes.

The duo have continued to play well, helping Washington win five of its last seven games. The Huskies scored upsets over Stanford and Cal with Plum and Davis making up the nation’s second-highest scoring backcourt duo, combining to average 40.1 points a game.

Utah standout Michelle Plouffe had big efforts in both games, finishing with 20 points and 14 rebounds in the first meeting and 31 points and 14 rebounds in the second.

However, her stellar play wasn’t enough to lift the Utes out of the depths of the Pac-12 standings. Utah’s only win in its last nine games was against Arizona on Feb. 21.

Last season the Utes beat Arizona in the first round of the tournament, then lost to Colorado.

Earlier Thursday, ninth-seeded Colorado beat No. 8 UCLA 76-65 and No. 5 USC defeated Arizona 59-54.

The winner of the Washington-Utah game will advance to play third-seeded Oregon State on Friday at 9:30 p.m.

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