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

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

Utah Utes crowd.
Utah Utes crowd. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

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.