Taryn Wicijowski had a pair of double-doubles last week.
Jan. 2, 2012
Utah vs. Washington State (Beasley Coliseum)
Thursday, Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m. PT
Radio: 99.1 FM/ Rock991.com (Play-by-Play Rick Bouillon)
Live video available at wsucougars.com/allaccess (Pay site)
Utah vs. Washington (Alaska Airlines Arena)
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2:00 p.m. PT
Radio: ESPN 700/espn700sports.com (Play-by-Play Rick Bouillon)
Live video available at gohuskies.com/allaccess (Pay site)
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's basketball team has its first Pac-12 road trip this week, traveling to Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 5, before moving on to Washington on Saturday, Jan. 7.
The Utes will be looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Colorado in their Pac-12 opener. Including the Colorado loss, all of Utah's five losses have come by less than 10 points.
"Overall, I am pleased with how we played in every aspect against Colorado, except that we didn't finish off plays which led to 15 offensive rebounds for CU," head coach Anthony Levrets said. "That made us play really long possessions, and we have to address that. It's going to be a key for us all season as we move forward."
Washington State is 8-6 overall. The Cougars picked up wins over Oregon and Oregon State last week to post their first 2-0 start in conference play since the 2000-01 season. WSU and Utah have a similar opponent in Michigan, with the Utes falling 55-50 in Ann Arbor, and the Cougars dropping a 69-39 contest at the Paradise Jam Tournament.
Utah leads the all-time series against Washington State, 9-1. Utah lost the first meeting in 1978, but won the following nine meetings. The two teams have not met since 2003, a 61-51 win in Salt Lake.
"WSU is a very talented basketball team," Levrets said. "They have 11 players who are averaging double-digit minutes. They are a matchup zone team, which we don't see a lot, which makes for difficult preparation. They have a good system. We will have our hands full on Thursday night."
Washington is 8-4 overall but 0-2 in Pac-12 play, falling in a pair of tough losses to Oregon State (60-55) and Oregon (88-86) last week. The Huskies are second in the conference in field goal percentage defense (.335).
Utah is 4-5 all-time against Washington. The two teams played last year in a non-conference game in Salt Lake City, as then-freshman Marjorie Heard's three-pointer with five seconds left broke a tie game to give the Huskies a 58-55 win. Michelle Plouffe led the Utes with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while the now-departed Sarah Morton led Washington with 20 points.
"They do a great job on the defensive end of the floor," Levrets said. "It's a tough place to play. They have very good players, including a very good post in Regina Rogers with other good pieces to go along with that. They have a really good coach in Kevin McGuff and he is doing a really good job rebuilding the program. It will be a tough matchup."