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Utah Utes womens basketball team stays alive at Pac-12 tourney with win over UW

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The Utah Utes womens basketball team will not be confused with the men this season, but that’s okay.

The Utes sit at 12-18 overall so their entire season rests on how they do at the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament taking place this week at Key Arena in Seattle.

So when Utah upset heavily favored, No. 6 seeded Washington 65-53 on what is basically the Huskies home floor on Thursday, March 6 -- you can forgive Utes fans for being more than a little excited.

After all, Utah only has this tournament to play for -- it isn’t going to the postseason any other way, than to win it all.

Utah forward Michelle Plouffe, the pride of Canada -- and also the Utes team, thank you -- poured in a whopping 30 points to lead all scorers. Emily Potter chipped in with a double-double (15 points, 12 boards) and Danielle Rodriguez flirted around with a triple-double (10 points, 9 boards, 5 dimes).

Next up for these industrious Utes in the tournament quarterfinals is Oregon State, the third seed and 21-9 overall that has played a far more adventurous schedule than Utah.

The Beavers come into the conference tournament having defeated Arizona State handily in its last regular season conference game, 66-43.

Head to head, the Beavers and Utes have only played once this season, with Oregon State winning 60-47.

Utah, however, hopes its fortunes change against the Beavers on Friday, March 7 in Seattle so that its march to March Madness can stay alive for a few more days.

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