Dec. 1, 2001
Salt Lake City, UT - The University of Utah women's basketball team took a 40-23 lead at the half and never looked back as they cruised on to defeated the UCLA Bruins, 89-42 on Sat., Dec. 1, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Utah improves to 4-2 overall, 0-0 in MWC play. UCLA drops to 3-2 on the season.
The first half was all Utah. The Utes jumped out to a 16-1 lead early in the game from some top-notch shooting from seniors Erin Gibbons and Lindsay Herbert. Gibbons racked up 12 points and made 4-of-5 from behind the arc in the first half. She finished the night with 17 points and four rebounds. Herbert collected 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the first half. After a slight injury to her right knee early on in the second half, Herbert finished the game with 15 points.
Utah dominated the game inside the paint, out-scoring UCLA 28-16 underneath. After the break, center Lauren Beckman took control in the post to finish the game with 19 points and six rebounds. Beckman converted 5-of-8 from the free-throw line. Carley Marshall came out aggressive in the second half, racking up a career-high 12 rebounds and seven points. Senior Katherine McColl added nine boards and eight points, and teammate Lana Sitterud totaled eight points. Sophomore Kelsy Stireman posted a career-high with 11 assists on the night.
The Utes shot 52 percent (31-of-60) from the field, while limiting UCLA to just 25 percent (16-of-65). Utah went 11-of-17 from three-point range and shot 80 percent (16-of-20) from the charity stripe. UCLA shot 18 percent (2-of-11) from behind the arc and 62 percent (8-of-13) from the free-throw line.