Ciera Dunbar and the Utes face Arizona and Arizona State in Pac-12 road tests this week.
Feb. 17, 2014
Arizona Game Information
Match-up: Utah Utes (10-15, 3-11 Pac-12) at Arizona Wildcats (5-20, 1-13 Pac-12)
Date: Friday, Feb. 21
Tipoff: 7 p.m. MT
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Arena: McKale Center (14,545)
Arizona State Game Information
Match-up: Utah Utes at No. 20/24 Arizona State Sun Devils
Date: Sunday, Feb. 23
Tipoff: 1 p.m. MT
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Arena: Wells Fargo Arena (10,754)
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Game Coverage: A live video feed of Friday's game at Arizona will be available at pac-12.com and Pac-12 Networks will cover Sunday's game at No. 20/24 Arizona State with Ann Schatz (PBP) and Julie Rousseau (Analyst) calling the action from Tempe.
A play-by-play call of both games of the trip can be heard on ESPN700.com.
The University of Utah women's basketball team heads south to the Desert State for its final road trip of the 2013-14 regular season. The Utes play at Arizona on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. MT and at No. 20/24 Arizona State on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. MT.
Utah is 10-15 overall through 25 games and the Utes are 3-11 in league play. The Utes are 3-7 in true road contests this season, including a 1-6 mark in Pac-12 road games.
Plouffe Does It All: Senior forward Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) averaged 31.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game last weekend against Washington State and Washington. Plouffe posted a pair of career-high 31-point outings in back-to-back Pac-12 games. Her second consecutive 31-point effort with a game-high 31 points to go with a game-high 14 rebounds on Feb. 16 for her 12th double-double of the season.
Plouffe now has 10 games this year with 20 or more points and she has had 10 or more points in 21 of 23 games that she has played in this season. Plouffe also recorded three blocks and three steals against the Huskies. Plouffe initially established her career-high 31 points on Feb. 14 against Washington State that also came with 11 rebounds and also gave out five assists against the Cougars.
Exclusive Company: Plouffe now has 1,988 career points and is 12 points away from becoming the third player in school history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds over her career. The current members of the club are Kim Smith (2,281 points and 1,015 rebounds from 2002-06) and Deb Asper (2,075 points and 1,042 rebounds from 1980-84). Plouffe is in position to become the fourth member of Utah's 2,000-point club and 87 points shy of third place in school history, which is currently held by Asper. Smith and Julie Krommenhoek (2,087 points from 1994-98) occupy the top two places, respectively.
Dunbar From Deep: Guard Ciera Dunbar (Elko, Nev.) shot .571 (4-7) from 3-point territory last weekend against Washington State and Washington. She knocked down a total of six of her 11 shots (.545) from the field. Dunbar was second on the squad with 9.0 points per game against the Cougars and Huskies and she also handed out 1.5 assists and grabbed 1.5 rebounds per game. She is seventh in the league-only stats with a .424 mark (14-33) from 3-point territory in league games.
Now is the Time for Nawahine: Freshman guard Malia Nawahine (Springville, Utah) has been in double-digits in points twice in Utah's last four games, averaging 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Nawahine knocked down six of her seven shots for 14 points on Feb. 14 against Washington State and also chased down five rebounds and had four assists. This was her fifth game with 10 or more points this season. She got off to a fast start after hitting her first four shots for nine points in the first half of the contest. Nawahine scored a career-high 19 points after making four of her six 3-pointers and was 7-of-12 overall on Feb. 8 against Oregon.
Potter Pulls in the Boards: Freshman forward Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba) is third in the latest Pac-12 statistics (100th in NCAA) in blocked shots (1.5 per game). Potter is also 10th in field goal percentage (.458, 114-249), tied for 10th in defensive rebounds (5.0 drpg), 16th in rebounding (6.7 per game) and tied for 26th in the league in scoring (10.8 per game). She leads conference freshmen in blocks and ranks third among her classmates in shooting and rebounding, and fourth in scoring. In conference games only, Potter is tied for third in blocks (1.5 bpg), 12th in defensive rebounds (5.5 drpg), 13th in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and 24th in scoring (9.6 ppg).
Dani Distributes: Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez (Downey, Calif.) is third in the Pac-12 (112th in NCAA with 4.3 assists per game this season and ranks third (66th in NCAA) in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9, 108-56). She is also sixth in the Pac-12 in minutes played (36.0 mpg).