Tempe, Ariz. • Lynne Roberts called it a signature win for her program.
Whatever you want to call it, Roberts’ Utah women’s basketball team turned the tables on No. 22 Arizona State and left town with a 58-56 win over the Sun Devils.
Utah improved to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in Pac-12 play with the victory.
Utah trailed by 11 late in the third quarter, but after outscoring the Sun Devils 26-13 in the fourth, the Utes walked away with a top-25 win on the road.
Five different Utes contributed at least nine points in the win..
“We didn’t play perfectly, but we hung in there and I am so proud of our team,” Roberts said. “This was a game that was going to be about toughness and it really was.”
Megan Huff led theUtes for the second straight game with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Tori Williams scored 10 points, including four clutch free throws, alsodishing out three assists. Megan Jacobs came off the bench for nine points, four rebounds and three assists with Tilar Clark and Emily Potter also chipping in nine points each.
Utah entered the fourth quarter down 43-32, but came out with a new sense of confidence,going on an 8-0 run that made it a three-point game with 7:41remaining. Arizona State countered with four unanswered points to jump out to a 47-40 lead with less than five minutes to play,but Utah kept pushing as Huff, Jacobs and Potter hit key baskets totake back the lead with 1:02 on the clock.
With less than a minute to play, the Utes held a 52-51 lead, forcing Arizona State to foul. It was a one-point game with 19 seconds left to play, but Williams converted four free throws down the stretch to seal the Utah win.