The University of Utah women's basketball team scratched back from a six-point deficit, out-scoring Montana State 18-8 in the final seven minutes, to take a 67-58 win Saturday.
Utah, hampered by foul trouble and poor shooting, came to life down the stretch in a game that was still in doubt with less than a minute remaining.Junior center Amber McEwen, who hobbled off the floor with a twisted ankle early in the second half, returned with two minutes left and made three straight free throws and a layup - giving Utah a 63-57 cushion. McEwen, 1-of-5 from the field and 0-for-4 from the line in the first half, finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
When freshman point guard Alli Bills picked up her fourth personal foul with 51 seconds left, Montana State went to the line with the chance to pull within three. But Utah's Angie Bandy came up with the missed shot and Bills widened the Ute lead at the free throw line.
"I sensed we would find a way to win in the last eight minutes," said Ute coach Elaine Elliott, who saw her team improve to 4-1.
Freshman Julie Krommenhoek scored 13 points and Andrea Herold had 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out.