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Utah dominates USU women's basketball

staff writer

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:11

USU women try to block Utah shooter

FRESHMAN FORWARD HAYLEE THOMPSON contests a shot in Tuesday’s 92-64 loss to Utah. Photo courtesy Karina Puikkonen, The Daily Utah Chronicle


The Utah State women’s basketball team concluded its six-game road trip Tuesday night with a stop in Salt Lake City to take on the University of Utah. The Aggies fell to the Utes 92-64.

   

“Utah played a very good game tonight,” said USU head coach Jerry Finkbeiner. “I tried to figure out what they do best, offense or defense, and I have to go with offense. It was a physical game controlled by Utah. I don’t know if we could beat them again. Maybe at home we would have a shot but they really took it to us.”  

   

After two-straight wins in the Great Alaska Shootout, the Aggies fell to 2-4 on the season with the loss. The Utes remain perfect on the year with a 6-0 record.

   

The Aggies were led by senior Devyn Christensen who scored 18 points. Fellow senior Jenna Johnson chipped in with 12 points. No other player scored in double digits for USU.

   

Junior Taryn Wicijowski was the Utes’ leading scorer with a game-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. Junior Michelle Plouffe added 19 points and seven boards for the Utes.

   

“They had some really hard matchups tonight for us with 6-foot-4 Plouffe and 6-foot-3 Wicijowski — two really good players who have a lot of national team experience with Canada and very poised and strong physically,” Finkbeiner said.

   

Finkbeiner experimented with different lineups and started freshman Stephanie Bairstow and Makenlee Williams. Christensen has been spending some time at the point guard position.

   

“Devyn is in a little bit of a learning curve right now, playing that position of the one, and the two freshman are in a big learning curve transitioning to Division I,” Finkbeiner said.   

   

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