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Utah’s women’s basketball team hangs with No. 8 UCLA for three quarters but falls 84-54

The Pac-12 has four of the top eight women’s basketball teams in the country. Of those four, Utah played three of them to open its Pac-12 slate.

That’s the bad news for the Utes. The good news is, that stretch is over. After getting routed at No. 3 Oregon State and No. 2 Oregon last weekend, Utah hung around with No. 8 UCLA for most of the first three quarters, even taking the lead for a spell, but the end result was the same.

After Utah took a lead late in the third quarter, the Bruins closed the period on an 11-1 run, including eight points over the final 1:32, ultimately closing out the Utes, 84-54, at the Huntsman Center.