Defense carries Utah women's basketball team over UT-Arlington

The University of Utah women’s basketball team put up a strong defensive game against the UT Arlington Mavericks on Monday night at the Huntsman Center, winning 71-41.

The Utes (5-1) forced 19 turnovers and held the Mavericks (5-1) to 32 percent from the floor, including 11 percent (2 for 18) from 3-point range.

Utah outrebounded UTA 44-26.

Emily Potter led the Utes with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

She added two blocks, giving her 225 in her career to tie for the school record with Lauren Beckman, who had 225 from 1998-2002.

Utah also went 2 for 18 on 3-pointers.

The Utes’ Tilar Clark scored a career-high 11 points, and Megan Jacobs contributed a season-high 10.

“Defensively, I don’t know if we can do much better,” Utah coach Lynne Roberts said. “We held them to four points in that first quarter. Offensively, we hadn’t seen all season the way they were defending the pick and rolls, so we weren’t prepared for that and had to figure it out as the game went on. With that said, we scored 71 points on an offensively average night.”

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