The Utes face Washington State on Sunday at 12 p.m. PT.
Jan. 18, 2014
Washington State Game Information
Match-up: Utah Utes (7-9, 0-5 Pac-12) at Washington State Cougars (11-6, 5-0 Pac-12)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 19
Tipoff: 12 p.m. PT
Location: Pullman, Wash.
Arena: Beasley Coliseum (12,058)
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A Pac-12 Conference road game in Pullman, Wash., awaits the University of Utah women's basketball team as the Utes plays at Washington State on Sunday at 12 p.m. PT.
Utah is 7-9 overall through 16 games this season and the Utes are currently on a five-game skid to start league play. Utah is 2-4 in true road contests this season with an 0-3 mark against conference foes.
Washington State has won each of its first five Pac-12 games and the Cougars are 11-6 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. WSU is coming off a sweep of UW and a 70-60 win over No. 20/21 Colorado on Jan. 17 in Pullman.
Game Coverage: Sunday afternoon's contest at Washington State will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks with Greg Heister (PBP) and Ann Schatz (Analyst) calling the action. Rick Bouillon will also have the radio play-by-play call for ESPN700. Live stats will be available for the Washington State game live stats will be at wsucougars.com.
Last Time Out: Utah was edged 53-52 in overtime at Washington on Jan. 17 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Utah had three players with 10 or more rebounds in the contest and the Utes earned a 49-44 edge in rebounding over the Huskies. This was the Utes' second overtime game of the season and Utah is now 1-1 in extra sessions this season. In games decided by five points or fewer this season, the Utes dropped to 1-1 in that scenario.
Power of Plouffe: Senior forward Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) compiled her eighth double-double this season on Jan. 17 at Washington that came with a game-high 20 points, team-high-tying 14 rebounds and a pair of assists against the Huskies. She was fourth in the Pac-12 (and 42nd in the NCAA) in double-doubles in the latest statistical rankings.
Plouffe on Utah's Career Lists: Plouffe is now third in school history with 1,019 career boards and is 24 away from passing Deb Asper (1,042 from 1980-84) for second place. She became the fourth member of Utah's 1,000-rebound club Jan. 12 against California. Plouffe is sixth in school history with 1,816 career points and needs 70 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) turned in a career-high 14 rebounds and ended with 10 points and four blocks on Jan. 17 at Washington for her 11th game with 10 or more points this season. She has been in double-figures in points in 10 of the last 11 games. 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.
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.
This season, Potter is fourth in the latest Pac-12 statistics (115th in NCAA) in blocked shots (1.6 per game), 11th in defensive rebounds (5.1 drpg), 14th (138th in NCAA) in field goal percentage (.451, 79-175), 17th in rebounding (7.0 per game) and 23rd in the league in scoring (11.6 per game). She leads conference freshmen in blocked shots, ranks second in shooting percentage and third among her classmates in rebounding.
In conference games only, Potter is tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in blocked shots (1.8 bpg), sixth in defensive rebounds (6.8 drpg), eighth in rebounding (9.2 rpg), tied for 15th in offensive rebounding (2.4 orpg) and tied for 26th in scoring (10.2 ppg).
Dani is Dialed In: Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez (Downey, Calif.) is second in the Pac-12 (58th in NCAA) with 5.0 assists per game this season and ranks fourth (70th in NCAA) in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1). She is also third in the Pac-12 in minutes played (36.6 mpg). In league games only, Rodriguez is fourth in the Pac-12 in minutes (37.0 mpg), tied for fourth in assists (4.2 apg), and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6, 21-13). Rodriguez had a career-high 10 rebounds on Jan. 17 at Washington.