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Utah falls short at Oregon in WNIT third round

Utah Utes forward Emily Potter (12) spins around Oregon Ducks center Jacinta Vandenberg (15) as Utah and Oregon play at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Potter and the Utes lost to the Ducks in the third round of the WNIT on We
Utah Utes forward Emily Potter (12) spins around Oregon Ducks center Jacinta Vandenberg (15) as Utah and Oregon play at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Potter and the Utes lost to the Ducks in the third round of the WNIT on Wednesday.
Scott G Winterton,

EUGENE, Ore. — Redshirt sophomore Emily Potter registered her 17th double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds to go with five blocks, but the University of Utah women’s basketball team came up short in a 73-63 contest at Oregon in the third round of the WNIT on Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Utah (18-15) earned a 16-9 edge in second-chance points over Oregon and the Utes also enjoyed a 10-4 advantage in bench points over the Ducks.

Potter turned in 21 points off a 7-of-12 shooting performance and a 7-of-9 night from the line. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native secured a double-double for the 17th time this season and 21st of her career. She scored 21 points, which is her 30th time in 33 games this season.

Redshirt sophomore Malia Nawahine recorded 13 points for her 12th game in double-digits for points this season and the 21st of her career.

Sophomore wing Tanaeya Boclair scored nine points to go with four assists, while sophomore center Joeseta Fatuesi contributed eight points after making four of six shots from the floor to go along with three boards.

The Utes scored the first five points of the contest and led by as many as nine (11-2) early in the first frame before the Ducks scored seven straight to pull within two (11-9). Utah ended the frame with a four-point lead, 19-15. The Utes shot 50 percent (9 of 18) from the floor, while holding the Ducks to 37.5 percent (6 of 16). Potter and Nawahine scored six points apiece in the first frame.

Oregon came back to tie the game for the first three more times in the second frame, at 23, 25 and 29 points apiece. The Ducks then managed to knock down a 3-point basket at the end of the half to grab a 32-29 lead at halftime.

The Ducks pushed their lead to as many as seven in the third frame (53-46) before Nawahine buried a 3-pointer and Potter knocked down a pair of free throws for a 5-0 spurt. Unfortunately, Oregon converted a 3-pointer on the final possession of the frame to take a 56-51 lead into the break.

In the fourth quarter, Utah cut its deficit to as little as seven, the last instance coming at 60-53, but Oregon was able to eventually come away with the 73-63 victory.

Oregon (23-10) was led by a game-high 34 points from Lexi Bando.