Utah WBB beats Arkansas with record shooting and tournament progress

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah women’s basketball team beat the Arkansas Razorbacks with record shooting performance to advance from the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 7 seeded Utes played against the No. 10 Razorbacks at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Friday, March 18.

Wire-to-wire victory

Utah beat Arkansas, 92-69. It’s the first time Utah has qualified for the Round of 16 since 2009.

The Utes opened the contest on a 10-0 run and never looked back in their wire-to-wire victory.

After the first 10 minutes of action, Utah had an eight-point lead. During the second quarter, the Utes built their scoreboard advantage into double digits.

Kennady McQueen scored 11 points in the first half and helped Utah take a 44-27 locker room lead at halftime.

Utah shot 53.6 percent from the field, including 7-14 on 50.0 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes of play.

Record performance

Arkansas responded with a mini run to start the third quarter. The Razorbacks cut the Utes’ lead to 10 points with 6:49 left in the quarter, but that’s the closest Arkansas would get.

Inês Vieira hit a triple late in the quarter for Utah’s 11th three-pointer in the competition. Vieira’s three broke the school record for most three-pointers made in an NCAA game. The previous mark of 10 three-pointers was set against Louisville in 1998.

Utah took a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter.

The Utes are building that advantage up to 30 points with minutes to go.

Utah closed out the contest by edging Arkansas in the final quarter, 24-17. Utah finished the game shooting 51.6 from the field, including 48.4 from downtown. The Utes limited the Razorbacks to 35.4 percent shooting, including just 4-23 for 17.4 percent on three.

Four Utes reached double the scores.

McQueen led the Utes with 20 points on 6-9 shooting from range. She added six rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Kelsey Rees had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Dru Gylten delivered 11 assists.

Utah’s next game will be in the second round against the winner of No. 2 Texas and No. 15 Fairfield. The match will take place on Sunday, March 20.

The Utes finished the regular season and the Pac-12 Conference Tournament with a 20-11 record before reaching the NCAA Tournament.

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