The Utes travel to Washington and Washington State for a pair of Pac-12 games this weekend.
Jan. 13, 2014
Washington Game Information
Match-up: Utah Utes (7-8, 0-4 Pac-12) at Washington Huskies (8-7, 1-3 Pac-12)
Date: Friday, Jan. 17
Tipoff: 7 p.m. PT
Arena: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000)
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A Pac-12 Conference road trip to Seattle and Pullman, Wash., awaits the University of Utah women's basketball team as the Utes play at Washington on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. PT and Washington State on Sunday at 12 p.m. PT.
Utah is 7-8 overall through its first 15 games this season, but the Utes are currently on a four-game skid to start league play. Utah is 3-2 in true road contests this season with an 0-2 mark against conference foes.
Washington is 8-7 overall and 1-3 in league play and the Huskies find themselves on a three-game losing streak. The Huskies are 5-3 at home and 1-2 in conference home games. UW picked up a 55-52 win over Arizona in Seattle on Jan. 3 to open Pac-12 action, but lost to Arizona State and was swept during its home-and-home rivalry series with Washington State.
Washington State has won each of its first four Pac-12 games and the Cougars are 10-6 overall. WSU started conference play with an 85-78 home win over Arizona State on Jan. 3 (85-78), followed by a 61-59 win over Arizona (61-59) on Jan. 5. The Cougars are coming off a sweep of UW.
Power of Plouffe: Senior forward Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) turned in her seventh double-double of the year came on Jan. 12 against Cal with a team-high 19 points to go with a game-high 14 rebounds. This was Plouffe's 12th game with 10 or more points and her eighth with 10 or more rebounds. Her 10-of-12 performance from the foul line tied season-high marks in both makes and attempts. She has hit double-digits in points in 12 of 13 games that she has played in this season. Her seven double-doubles is fourth in the Pac-12 and 36th in the NCAA). Plouffe turned in 14 points against the Cardinal on Jan. 10 as she also tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds and she also handed out a team-high five assists.
Plouffe leads the Pac-12 with 8.2 defensive rebounds per game and is third in the league in total rebounds at 10.8 per game (27th in NCAA). Showing why she is one of the most complete players in the Pac-12, Plouffe is listed among the league leaders in eight other categories. She is fifth (104th in NCAA) in free throw percentage (.826, 57-69), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.425, 17-40), eighth in scoring (101st in NCAA) (17.7 per game) and minutes (33.1 per game), 11th in steals (1.7 per game), 14th in assists (3.2 per game) and 15th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9, 42-47) and offensive rebounds (2.5 orpg).
In the league-only stats, Plouffe is third in defensive rebounds (7.8 drpg), fifth in 3-point shooting (.571, 4-7), tied for seventh in free throw shooting (.818, 18-22), eighth in rebounding (9.3 rpg), tied for ninth in assists (3.3 apg), 13th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.7) and 16th in scoring (13.5 ppg).
Plouffe on Utah's Career Lists: Plouffe became the fourth member of Utah's 1,000-rebound club Jan. 12 against California. She is now fourth in school history with 1,005 career boards and is 10 away from passing Kim Smith (1,015 from 2002-06) for third place. Plouffe is sixth in school history with 1,796 career points and needs 90 more to tie Morgan Warburton (1,886 from 2005-09) for fifth place on the list.
Scoring Punch From Potter: Freshman forward Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored 11 points and came up with seven rebounds to go with a game-high three blocks and a career-high three steals on Jan. 12 against Cal. She recorded her 11th game with 10 or more points this season nine of last 10 games. She poured in 16 points and collected eight rebounds on Jan. 10 against No. 4 Stanford. Last week, Potter was second on the squad with 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game to go with a team-high four blocks against Stanford and Cal.
All-Time Series History: The all-time series with Washington is even at six wins apiece with the Utes taking two of the last three. The Washington State series stands at 10-2 in favor of Utah with the Utes taking 10 of the last 11 meetings.