Michelle Plouffe scored four points in the final seconds and Utah upset Washington State 59-57 on Sunday in Pullman.
Plouffe scored inside the paint to tie the game at 57, and, following a missed layup by the Cougars, Plouffe hit the game-winning layup with 2 seconds remaining to give the Utes their first Pac-12 win and the Cougars their first conference loss.
Tia Presley led the Cougars (11-7, 5-1 Pac-12) with 13 points. WSU was without their second-leading scorer this season, Lia Galdeira, who sat out because of “soreness,” according to a school news release.
Plouffe and Potter scored 17 points each for Utah (8-9, 1-5).
The game was nip-and-tuck down the stretch with WSU going up by six points with 3:42 remaining on a Sage Romberg basket. Utah scored the next six points – four by Emily Potter – to knot the game at 53. WSU’s Taylor Edmondson hit a jumper at 1:02 putting WSU up 57-55, setting up Plouffe’s heroics.
Utah bumped its halftime lead to 35-27 early in the second period until Dawnyelle Awa hit a 3-pointer for the Cougars, tying the score at 39.
Gonzaga 67, Santa Clara 61: Sunny Greinacher scored 17 points, Lindsay Sherbert 15 and Haiden Palmer 10 as the Bulldogs (16-3, 6-1 WCC) defeated the host Broncos (7-11, 3-4).
Gonzaga made 8 of 11 free-throw attempts in the final 5 minutes to hold off Santa Clara.
Sherbert and Kiara Kudron combined for 15 points as Gonzaga took its biggest lead, 26-11, halfway through the first half.
But a 9-2 run by the Broncos brought them within 37-34 at the half and they took a one-point lead early in the second half. GU would retake the lead and the game would be tied twice before GU put together an 8-2 run to take the lead for good at 50-44 with 9:47 left. SCU would get as close as four.
Washington 81, (21) Colorado 71: Kelsey Plum scored a career-high 35 points as the Huskies defeated their first ranked opponent in six years with a win over the Buffaloes in Seattle.
Jazmine Davis had 20 points and Aminah Williams added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Washington (10-7, 3-3 Pac-12).
The Huskies made 8 of 10 free throws in the final minute.
Colorado (11-6, 1-5) got 20 points from Arielle Roberson, 16 by Brittany Wilson and Jen Reese added 13.