Utah trailed by as many as six points in the first half, but came back to grab a 23-20 lead at halftime of a second-round game at the Mountain West Conference women’s basketball tournament.
Taryn Wicijowski has 11 points and four rebounds to lead the Lady Utes. Janita Badon added six points.
Sara Halasz scored seven points for New Mexico, including a layup at the buzzer to cut the halftime deficit to three points. Eileen Weissmann also has seven points for the Lady Lobos.
Utah senior star Kalee Whipple did not score in the first half.
She went 0-for-5 from the field, including misses on both of her 3-point attempts.
She does have seven rebounds and three assists at the break.
Controlling the paint
Utah has the lead based almost solely on its work near the basket.
The Lady Utes have scored 20 of their 23 points inside the paint, with 10 of them coming from Taryn Wicijowski.
Utah made 10 field goals inside the paint, one jumper from just outside of it and one free throw.
The Utes went 0-for-6 from 3-point range in the half.
Some fans just don’t understand
New Mexico had an opportunity to take the final shot of the half with the shot clock turned off in the closing seconds.
Utah, however, had two fouls to give before the Lobos would have been in the bonus.
Utes guard Janita Badon made a smart play by committing a foul far from the basket with six seconds remaining.
It was a great play for Utah, yet New Mexico’s fans went nuts like something extraordinary had just happened. The Utes fans were angry with the call for some reason.
You would think fans that are committed enough to attend the conference tournament would understand the game a little bit.
To be fair, maybe some players don’t understand it all that well either.
Inexplicably, Utah didn’t use its other foul to give and New Mexico got a layup just before the buzzer.