SALT LAKE CITY – Oregon ended the 2011-12 regular season with a 65-47 loss to Utah on Saturday afternoon at the Huntsman Center.
The Ducks (15-15, 7-11) had an eight-point lead in the first half, but Utah quickly turned that around, ending the first period on a 19-2 run as the Utes led 29-20 at the break.
Oregon’s 47-point total was just one more than its season low, as the Ducks shot 32.7 percent (18-of-55) from the floor.
Oregon will move on to play in the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament which begins on Wednesday at the Galen Center. An official bracket of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament will be released by the Conference later this evening or tomorrow.
Oregon played the game without senior point guard Nia Jackson, who was unavailable due to illness.
Utah shot 34.4 percent (22-of-64) for the game, but knocked down nine three-pointers and held a 46-38 rebounding advantage. The Utes scored 12 second-chance points and outscored the Ducks 22-14 in the paint.
Michelle Plouffe led Utah with a 21-point, 10-rebound performance, while Taryn Wicijowski added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Oregon led by as many as eight in the first half, but Utah ended the first half on a 19-2 run to take a 29-20 lead into the locker room.
Oregon had a 15-7 lead in the first half with 11:48 to play after a Love three-pointer, and another trey from Holliday put the Ducks ahead 18-10 with 10:35 remaining in the first.
But Holliday’s bucket would be Oregon’s last until the 5:10 mark when Johnson knocked a jumper from the elbow.
During that drought, Utah went on a 15-0 run that was capped by a Messer three-pointer that put the Utes ahead 25-18 with 5:30 to play until the break.
The Ducks shot 32.0 percent in the first half (8-of-25), missing nine of 10 attempts after Holliday’s bucket at the 10:35 mark.
Johnson led the Ducks nine points and six rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
Notes: Jasmin Holliday played in her 123rd game at Oregon, which ties for third all-time with Andrea Bills…Nia Jackson was not able to play due to illness, missing her second game of the 2011-12 season…Oregon has not won at Utah in its last five tries, and is 2-5 in Salt Lake City all-time.