Arizona St. 46 at Utah 50

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Utah edges Arizona State 50-46
Thursday, Feb 9, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—Michelle Plouffe scored 14 points and Rachel Messer added 11 as Utah held off a late Arizona State rally to beat the Sun Devils 50-46 on Thursday night.

Utah (11-12, 4-8 Pac-12) weathered a back-and-forth second half that saw Arizona State (15-8, 6-6) erase a six-point deficit and lead by three with 8:54 remaining, only to succumb to a 9-0 run by the Utes. Arizona clawed to within 45-44 on a 3-pointer by Alex Earl with 1:50 remaining, but Plouffe answered with a 3-pointer of her own to stake Utah to a 48-44 advantage and two made free throws by Janita Badon sealed the win.

Arizona State led by three with 11:40 left in the first half before the Utes sparked a 15-2 run over the next ten minutes to claim a 20-10 lead.

Deja Mann led the Sun Devils with 12 points.

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 Top Performers
 Arizona St.
Deja Mann Deja Mann
5-12,  12 Pts
2 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Utah
Michelle Plouffe Michelle Plouffe
4-9,  14 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists

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