Ariel Reynolds and the Utes play Washington in the first round
March 3, 2014
Pac-12 Tournament Information
Match-up: Washington Huskies (17-12, 10-8 Pac-12) at Utah Utes (11-18, 4-14 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, Mar. 6
Tipoff: 8:30 p.m. PT
Arena: KeyArena (17,459)
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The University of Utah women's basketball team will face Washington in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle's KeyArena on Thursday, Mar. 6 at 8:30 p.m. PT.
Utah went 11-18 overall during the 29-game regular season and the Utes went 4-14 in league play. The Utes are 4-10 in games away from the Huntsman Center this season, including a 2-7 mark against Pac-12 opponents.
Washington went 17-12 overall this season and is 10-8 against Pac-12 competition. The Huskies have lost two of their last three games, including an 70-65 win at California on Mar. 1.
The winner of Thursday's Game No. 4 will face third-seeded Oregon State in a quarterfinal game on Friday, Mar. 7 at 8:30 p.m. PT.
Game Coverage: Thursday's first-round game versus Washington will be on Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk (PBP) and Mary Murphy (Analyst) calling the action and Jill Savage as the sideline reporter.
The game will also be aired live on ESPN700 with Steve Klauke on the call.
Fans can also keep up with the action by clicking on the `Live Stats' link on the tournament central page.
Utah's Pac-12 Tournament History: This will be Utah's third Pac-12 Tournament appearance in school history and the Utes are 1-2 all-time in the tournament. The Utes went 1-1 in 2013, picking up a first-round win over Arizona (66-48) before bowing out after a 54-43 loss to UCLA in the second round. Utah played in its first Pac-12 Tournament in 2012 as the seventh seed and fell in the first round to 10th-seeded Colorado, 67-54.
Close Calls: Utah suffered a pair of one-point losses to Washington during the regular season.
Utah was edged 53-52 in overtime at Washington on Jan. 17 at Alaska Airlines Arena in the first meeting between the schools in 2013-14. 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.
Utah then fell to Washington by a 67-66 score on Feb. 16 in the Huntsman Center. Utah handed out 17 assists to only four turnovers, the team's lowest turnover total this season. The Utes have been in single digits in turnovers four times in 2013-14
The Utes are 5-3 in all games decided by five or fewer points this season.
Primetime Plouffe: Senior forward Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) averaged 23.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game in a pair of home contests last week against USC and UCLA. Plouffe had 20 points on Mar. 2 against UCLA off a 7-of-16 shooting performance from the field to go with four assists and four rebounds. Plouffe has had 12 games of 20 or more this season and hit double-figures in points in 25 of 27 games that she has played in this season.
Tracking Plouffe: Plouffe is fourth in school history with 2,059 career points and is the fourth player in school history to join the 2,000-point club. She is 16 points away from tying Asper (2,075 from 1980-84) for third place on Utah's all-time scoring list. Smith and Julie Krommenhoek (2,087 points from 1994-98) occupy the top two places, respectively. Plouffe is also second in career blocks (146), third (8.8 from 1980-84) in rebounding average and fourth in scoring average (15.7).
Dunbar From Deep: Senior guard Ciera Dunbar (Elko, Nev.) set a career high with 14 points on Feb. 27 against USC, including a flawless 9-for-9 effort at the foul line. Dunbar has turned in five double-digit-point games this season and she also grabbed four rebounds. Dunbar then grabbed a career-high six rebounds to go with four points on Mar. 2 against UCLA. Dunbar is 14th in the Pac-12 with a .349 (29-83) clip from 3-point territory. Dunbar is 10th in the league-only stats with a .386 mark (17-44) from beyond the arc.
Potter Piles Up the Stats: Freshman forward Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds on Mar. 2 versus UCLA. This was Potter's 16th game with 10 or more points of her freshman campaign and was just two rebounds shy of recording her fourth double-double this season. Against Washington this season, Potter was Utah's second-leading rebounder with 10.5 rebounds per game to go with 8.0 points. Potter is third in the latest Pac-12 statistics (103rd in NCAA) in blocked shots (1.4 per game).