The Huskies were down just 24-23 to the Utes at halftime, but the home team had a 21-2 run in the third quarter. UW opened the fourth quarter with five quick points, but Utah answered with a 13-0 run to take a 40-point lead.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A big third-quarter run by Utah doomed the chances of the Washington women’s basketball team Sunday as the Huskies dropped an 81-46 decision to fall to 1-15 in Pac-12 play.

The Huskies (7-20) were down just 24-23 to the Utes (17-10, 8-8 Pac-12) at halftime, but the home team had a 21-2 run in the third quarter to take total control of the game. UW opened the fourth quarter with five quick points, but Utah answered with a 13-0 run to take a 40-point lead midway through the period.

“We were trying to make home-run plays in the first half and we had 13 turnovers, which was just inexcusable,” said Utah coach Lynne Roberts. “Washington was playing hard and playing well defensively, but then we regrouped and our defense picked up. Offensively, we had 13 turnovers in the first half and four in the second, and I think that was the difference in the game.”

Amber Melgoza led the Huskies with 27 points on 10-for-20 shooting.

Utah’s Tori Williams, a freshman, scored 29 points and added six rebounds and four assists for her career high. Emily Potter added 18 points along with a season-high tying 16 rebounds.