Michelle Plouffe is ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring.
March 4, 2013
Pac-12 Tournament (KeyArena)
#6 Utah vs. #11 Arizona
Thursday, March 7, 2:30 p.m. PT
Radio: ESPN 700/espn700sports.com (Play-by-Play Rick Bouillon)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Anne Marie Anderson, Tammy Blackburn, Krista Blunk)
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's basketball team opens the Pac-12 Tournament against Arizona on Thursday, March 7, at 2:30 p.m. MT. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Utes have won seven of their last 10 games.
"This is an incredibly fun time of the year," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "I think we're still getting better every day at each position. Our team defense has been really good here as of late, and for the most part our offensive execution has been good. Our ability to get good shots and make open shots has been really good down the stretch, with the exception of a couple of games. A lot of that has to do with the team we are playing, but I feel like right now we're fairly efficient at both ends of the floor."
Arizona is 12-17 overall and 4-14 in the Pac-12. The Wildcats have dropped their last four games, most recently a 68-57 loss to UCLA on Sunday.
Utah dropped both of its games to Arizona this season, a 62-58 setback in Salt Lake on Jan. 18, and falling in Tucson on Feb. 17, 61-52.
"There are some things that we need to get better at," Levrets said. "The main thing is at our offensive end of the floor we have to be able to handle and attack their pressure, and when we get to the half court we need to be efficient in half-court offense and make them guard us in the half court once we do beat their pressure."
Utah played in its first Pac-12 Tournament last season. The Utes entered the tournament as the seventh seed and fell in the first round to 10th-seeded Colorado, 67-54.
Over 12 years in the Mountain West Conference, Utah went 22-8 all-time in the tournament. The Utes won tournament titles in 2000, 2006, 2009 and 2011. Utah played in the championship game seven times (2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011).
Utah also won tournament titles in the Western Athletic Conference (1991, 1995) and High Country Athletic Conference (1989, 1990).