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Utah women’s basketball takes Senior Day victory over Oregon, 66-64

SALT LAKE CITY — Senior guard Cheyenne Wilson tied her career-best mark with 16 points and the University of Utah women’s basketball team picked up a 66-64 win over Oregon Friday on Senior Night in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Seven different Utah (9-17, 3-12 Pac-12) players scored and four players hit double figures as Wilson turned in a team-high 16 points after making 6-of-11 field goal attempts. She tied her career high of 16 points, which also came against Oregon on Feb. 8, 2014. This was her second consecutive double-figure scoring game, and her sixth this season. She knocked down three of her first four shots for eight points before the first media timeout.

Senior forward Taryn Wicijowski scored 15 points, including a 7-for-8 night at the free-throw line, while dishing out six assists (which came up one shy of tying her career high) and grabbing four rebounds.

“The seniors played their tails off,” Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. “Cheyenne has been a wonderful kid in our program as far as her personality and who she is. She has really developed into a good college basketball player. Taryn, obviously all the accolades that she has are well chronicled. With all the stuff that's been going on with her physically, for her to be able to go out and give us that kind of effort and leadership is really, really impressive.”

Freshman wing Tanaeya Boclair registered 11 points, after going 3-for-6 from the foul line, for her 13th double-figure point game of the season. She has been in double digits in six of the last eight outings.

Junior point guard Danielle Rodriguez poured in 11 points, making 5-of-7 from the foul line, to go along with four assists. She also tied for the team-high with six rebounds.

Redshirt sophomore Nakia Arquette nailed a pair of 3-pointers on three attempts to go with six rebounds, which tied Rodriguez for team-high honors.

Utah hit two of its first three shots as Wilson opened the Senior Night scoring with a corner 3-pointer and Boclair pulled up for a mid-range jumper. After another Wilson jumper, the Utes led by as many as five (7-2). Four straight Duck points cut the Ute lead to one (7-6) before Wicjowski drove for her first score of the contest and redshirt sophomore Paige Crozon came up with a loose ball at half court and went for a transition lay-in.

The Utes managed to extend their advantage to as many as eight (22-14) before the Ducks sprang a 10-0 to gain the lead for the first time (24-22) before another Wilson 3-pointer gave the lead back to the Utes, 25-24. The lead would change hands one more time (26-25 in favor of Oregon), but Rodriguez was fouled on a putback attempt with 0.6 seconds left in the first half to tie the game at 26 at halftime.

Wilson registered 13 points after making 5-of-9 shots, 3-of-6 from 3-point territory, in the first 20 minutes. This was the first time Utah had been tied at the half in 2014-15.

Wicijowski found freshman center Joeseta Fatuesi open in a high-low look to tie the game for the second time at 28-28 and the teams traded the lead three times before Arquette spotted up for a 3-pointer (34-31). Utah would continue that momentum and lead by as many 11 (51-40) after back-to-back 3-pointers by Wilson and Arquette and a Crozon lay-in.

The Ducks came back to tie the game for the last time at 64-64 before Utah’s final possession with 10.4 seconds left saw Rodriguez split the Duck defense and go for a lay-in and give the Utes a 66-64 victory.

“That's just the ebb and flow of a basketball game,” Levrets said. “We went on a huge run earlier in the game. At that time, [Oregon] was playing really fast. We just had to get a stop and rebound. To their credit, they made some shots, but so did we. We made one shot more than they did, and that's all that matters.”

Oregon (12-14, 5-10 Pac-12) received an 18-point, 13-rebound performance by Jillian Alleyne.