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Sometimes a team flat-out struggles and if it happens against a nationally ranked team, things can get ugly.
Such was the case for the Utah women's basketball team Friday night against No. 19 Arizona State, which took a 20-3 lead in the first quarter and rolled to a 66-44 victory at the Huntsman Center.
"We were missing shots that we don't. [Emily Potter, Utah's leading scorer] was missing shots that were, like, rimming out," Utah coach Lynne Roberts said. "Those things are kind of contagious. Just like making shots is contagious, missing them is too."
On the other hand, Arizona State (11-3, 2-1 Pac-12) opened the Pac-12 contest on target.
Center Quinn Dornstauder scored two baskets in the paint in the opening minutes, four of her team-high 15 points. With 6:46 remaining in the first, Robbi Ryan made a 3-pointer and the Sun Devils led 9-0.
After Paige Crozon got Utah (12-2, 1-2) on the board with a 3-pointer of her own, Arizona State reeled off another 11 points in a row.
Roberts pointed to poor shot selection as the primary reason for Utah's 11 percent field goal shooting in the first quarter. The Utes improved in the second period, but still trailed 34-15 at halftime as the whole team struggled.
"We were just off all night," Roberts said. "Defensively, we were not as dialed in as we've been in the past. And we were just crushed on the boards [48-32] we were just out of it.
"We don't deserve to win if we give up 16 offensive rebounds. We can't expect to win if we give up 16 offensive rebounds to the 19th-ranked team," Roberts said. "It was just one of those nights where we just have to flush it."
Along with Dornstauder's production, the Sun Devils also got 10 points apiece from Reili Richardson and Ryan.
The one bright spot for the Utes was Tanaeya Boclair, who scored 13 points in the third quarter and finished with a team-high 17 points. Crozon was Utah's next-highest scorer with seven.
"I think by the third quarter, [Boclair] was ticked off," Roberts said. "I'm proud of her. In the timeouts, she was fantastic, positive, constructive she really showed a lot of leadership and poise."
"They were making a lot of shots," said Boclair. "I don't think we necessarily did anything wrong. I think we could've been a lot more disruptive on defense as far as getting a high-hand in their face. Taking more one-on-one pride is what we've really got to focus on more."
Utah will try to get back to .500 in conference play Sunday, when it plays Arizona at noon at the Huntsman Center.
"We're 12-2, we play Arizona on Sunday and we have a chance to right the ship. If we do, we're OK," Roberts said. "I'm not freaking out."
No. 19 Arizona State 66, Utah 44
Arizona St. (11-3)
Dornstauder 6-14 3-4 15, Richardson 4-8 2-2 10, Ryan 4-6 0-0 10, Haines 1-5 4-4 7, Hattis 3-6 1-2 7, Goodson 2-4 0-0 5, Brunner 2-7 0-2 4, Russell 1-2 2-4 4, Ibis 1-8 0-0 2, Johnson-Chapman 1-2 0-0 2, Totals 25-62 12-18 66.
Boclair 7-14 3-3 17, Crozon 2-5 2-4 7, Nawahine 2-7 1-1 5, Moore 2-9 1-2 5, Bean 2-3 0-0 4, Potter 2-10 0-0 4, Anae 1-6 0-0 2, Jacobs 0-3 0-0 0, Provo 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 18-57 7-10 44.
3-Point GoalsArizona St. 4-9 (Ryan 2-2, Haines 1-2, Goodson 1-1, Brunner 0-1, Richardson 0-2, Ibis 0-1), Utah 1-9 (Crozon 1-1, Boclair 0-1, Nawahine 0-3, Anae 0-1, Jacobs 0-2, Moore 0-1). AssistsArizona St. 13 (Richardson 5), Utah 5 (Boclair 2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsArizona St. 48 (Brunner 10), Utah 32 (Crozon 8). Total FoulsArizona St. 11, Utah 12. A1,662.