The Utes face Colorado in a home-and-home this week in Pac-12 play.
Jan. 27, 2014
Colorado Game I Information
Match-up: Colorado Buffaloes (12-7, 2-6 Pac-12) at Utah Utes (9-10, 2-6 Pac-12)
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 29
Tipoff: 7 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000)
Colorado Game II Information
Match-up: Utah Utes at Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Suday, Feb. 2
Tipoff: 12 p.m. MT
Location: Boulder, Colo.
Arena: Coors Events Center (11,064)
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Game Coverage: Both games of the Colorado home-and-home series will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.
On the radio side, Steve Klauke will have the play-by-play call of Wednesday's game in Salt Lake City for ESPN700, while Rick Bouillon will return to call Sunday's game from Boulder.
Pac-12 Conference competition continues for the University of Utah women's basketball team as the Utes take on Colorado in a home-and-home. The Utes host the Buffaloes TONIGHT at 7 p.m. MT before heading to Boulder for the return game on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT.
Utah is 9-10 overall through 19 games and the Utes are 2-6 in league play. The Utes have won two of their last three outing after picking up wins at Washington State on Jan. 19 (59-57) and over Arizona on Jan. 26 (65-62). Utah is 6-4 in the Huntsman Center overall and 3-4 in true road contests.
Colorado has lost five of its last six with its victory in that stretch coming against Arizona via a 68-47 decision on Jan. 24 in Boulder.
Game Coverage: Both games of the Colorado home-and-home series will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. Anne Marie Anderson (PBP) and Mary Murphy (Analyst) will call Wednesday's game in Salt Lake City with Krista Blunk (PBP) and Ros Gold-Onwude (Analyst) covering Sunday's game from Boulder.
On the radio side, Steve Klauke will have the play-by-play call of Wednesday's game in Salt Lake City for ESPN 700, while Rick Bouillon will return to call Sunday's game from Boulder. Live stats for both contests will be available on the right-hand side of the women's basketball schedule page at utahutes.com.
Last Week: The Utes split their home contests against their opponents from the Desert state last weekend in the Huntsman Center. Trailing 51-45, Utah closed with a 15-6 run over the final 7:46 to claim a 60-57 win over Arizona on Jan. 26 in the Huntsman Center. A 9-2 spurt by the Wildcats gave the visitors a 51-45 advantage before a 15-6 Utah run to close the game gave the Utes the 60-57 win. Utah earned a 33-30 edge in team rebounding as well as a 9-0 advantage in blocks. The Utes also went 13-for-19 at the free throw line and 15 of their 20 field goals came with assists.
Plouffe Proves Pivotal: Senior forward Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) led Utah with 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.5 steals per game last week against No. 14/23 Arizona State and Arizona. She shot .448 from the field, .375 from 3-point territory (3-8), and 72.2 from the free throw line (13-18) against the Sun Devils and Wildcats. With a game-high 13 rebounds in the win over Arizona on Jan. 26, Plouffe became Utah's second all-time rebounder. This was Plouffe's double-digit-rebound outing of 2013-14. Plouffe also registered her ninth double-double of the season as she poured in a game-high 20 points for her 16th double-figure-point game in 17 outings this season. She tied her career high with 11 made free throws on 15 attempts, which was also a season high. Plouffe set her new Pac-12 season high of 22 points on Jan. 24 against No. 14/23 Arizona State. She also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, tied her season high with four steals and handed out three assists. This was her 15th double-figure point game in 16 outings this season.
Plenty of Potter: Freshman forward Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored 12.0 points, corralled 4.5 rebounds and blocked 2.0 shots per contest last week for the Utes against No. 14/23 Arizona State and Arizona. During the Jan. 26 60-57 win over Arizona, Potter registered 15 points off a 7-of-11 afternoon shooting to go with three rebounds, three blocks and a pair of assists, which equaled her season high. She now has 13 games with 10 or more points this season. Potter made three of her first four field goal attempts on Jan. 24 against No. 14/23 Arizona State. She ended with a total of nine points to go with six boards and a block against ASU. Potter was third in the latest Pac-12 statistics (87th in NCAA) in blocked shots (1.6 per game), eighth in field goal percentage (.475, 95-200) (122nd in NCAA), tied for ninth in defensive rebounds (5.1 drpg), 17th in rebounding (6.9 per game) and 22nd in the league in scoring (11.9 per game). Potter leads conference freshmen in blocks and ranks third among her classmates in shooting and rebounding, and fourth in scoring.
Receiving From Rodriguez: Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez (Downey, Calif.) is third in the Pac-12 (97th in NCAA) with 4.6 assists per game this season and ranks fifth (64th in NCAA) in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0, 87-44). She is also fifth in the Pac-12 in minutes played (36.2 mpg). In league games only, Rodriguez is tied for sixth in minutes (36.8 mpg), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6, 28-18) and tied for seventh in the Pac-12 in assists (3.5 apg).
All-Time Series History: The all-time series with Colorado is even at 11 wins apiece. The Buffaloes have won each of the last three meetings. Utah's last victory in the series came during a 61-56 overtime contest in Boulder on Feb. 18, 2012.
Light the U!!!! http://t.co/isY17uPYGh-- Utah Women's Hoops (@utahwbasketball) January 26, 2014