Cheyenne Wilson and the Utes host No. 14/24 Arizona State and Arizona this weekend.
Jan. 20, 2014
Arizona State Game Information
Match-up: No. 14/23 Arizona State Sun Devils (15-3, 4-2 Pac-12) at Utah Utes (8-9, 1-5 Pac-12)
Date: Friday, Jan. 24
Tipoff: 7 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000)
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The University of Utah women's basketball program hosts No. 14/23 Arizona State TONIGHT at 7 p.m. MT and Arizona on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. MT.
Utah is 8-9 overall through 17 games this season and the Utes are 1-5 in league play after picking up a 59-57 win at Washington State on Jan. 19. Utah is 0-2 in conference home games, but is 5-3 in the Huntsman Center overall.
No. 14/23 Arizona State is 15-2 overall and 4-1 in Pac-12 play and on a four-game win streak entering a Jan. 19 matchup against No. 4/4 Stanford in Tempe.
Arizona has lost its first five in conference competition and the Wildcats carry a 4-12 overall record.
Game Coverage: Both games will be streamed live on pac-12.com and Rick Bouillon will have the radio play-by-play call for ESPN700. Live stats will be available for the Arizona State and Arizona games.
Week in Review: Utah earned a 59-57 win at Washington State on Jan. 19 at Beasley Coliseum. Utah trailed 51-44, but the Utes closed on a 15-6 stretch for their first league win of the season. The Utes shot 44.4 (4-for-9) from long range, compared to a 33.3 (5-15) mark for the Cougars, who suffered their first loss in conference play.
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.
Plouffe Piles Up the Points: Senior forward Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) lay-in with 2.4 seconds remaining gave Utah a 59-57 win at Washington State on Jan. 19. Plouffe grabbed six rebounds to go with two assists and two steals against the Cougars. She hit double-digits in points for the 14th time this season with 17 points against the Cougars.
For the week, Plouffe posted team-high averages of 18.5 points per game and was second on the squad with 10.0 rebounds per contest at Washington and Washington State.
Plouffe compiled her eighth double-double of the season on Jan. 17 at Washington as she was one of three Utes with 10 or more rebounds in the contest, led by 14 from Plouffe that helped her move into third place on Utah's all-time rebounding chart to go with 20 points and a pair of assists. She has 14 double-figure-point games this season and her nine outings with 10 or more boards.
Plouffe leads the Pac-12 with 8.3 defensive rebounds per game and is fourth in the league in total rebounds at 10.7 per game (25th in NCAA). She leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.447, 21-47), eighth (104th in NCAA) in free throw percentage (.776, 66-85) and minutes (33.7 per game), ninth in scoring (97th in NCAA) (17.8 per game) and 12th in steals (1.7 per game), 14th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9, 46-51) and 15th in assists (3.1 per game).
In the league-only stats, Plouffe is third in defensive rebounds (8.0 drpg) and 3-point shooting (.571, 8-14), sixth in rebounding (9.5 rpg), 13th in free throw shooting (.711, 27-38), 13th in scoring (15.2 ppg) and tied for 13th in assists (2.8 apg).
Plouffe's Record Book Update: Plouffe is now third in school history with 1,025 career boards and is 18 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 1,833 career points and needs 53 more to tie Morgan Warburton (1,886 from 2005-09) for fifth place on the list.
Primed Potter: Freshman forward Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba) led Utah with 12.0 rebounds and was second on the squad with 13.5 points per game with 2.5 blocks per game for the Utes at Washington and Washington State.
Potter turned in the fourth double-double of her freshman campaign with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds during the Jan. 19 59-57 win at Washington State. She now has 12 games with 10 or more points (and 10 of last 11 outings) and she now has five games with 10 or more rebounds.
Potter posted a career-high 14 rebounds and ended with 10 points and four blocks on Jan. 17 against Washington.
Potter was fourth in the latest Pac-12 statistics (115th in NCAA) in blocked shots (1.5 per game), 10th in defensive rebounds (5.2 drpg), 14th (138th in NCAA) in field goal percentage (.459, 85-185), 16th in rebounding (7.2 per game) and 22nd in the league in scoring (11.9 per game).
Potter leads conference freshmen in blocked shots, ranks second in shooting percentage and third among her classmates in rebounding.
Distributing Dani: Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez (Downey, Calif.) is second in the Pac-12 (58th in NCAA) with 4.9 assists per game this season and ranks fifth (70th in NCAA) in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1, 83-40).
Willing Wilson: Junior guard Cheyenne Wilson (Seattle, Wash.) hit all four of her four shots from the floor on Jan. 19 at Washington State, and was 2-of-2 from 3-point territory, for 10 points and her fourth double-digit point game.
Wilson is 13th in the league with a .384 (28-73) clip from beyond the arc and 13th in the Pac-12 with 1.6, 3-point field goals per game.
All-Time Series History: The Utes hold a 10-4 edge in the all-time series with the Sun Devils and Utah has won each of the last three meetings. Utah has a 13-4 advantage in its series against Arizona, although the Wildcats have won two of the last three matchups.
Utes win!!!!! http://t.co/dmGkc4U0KO-- Utah Women's Hoops (@utahwbasketball) January 19, 2014