Utah guard Ciera Dunbar leads the Pac-12 in assist-to-turnover ratio early on in the 2013-14 season.
Nov. 18, 2013
Utah Women's Basketball Updates
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UtahUtes.com: 2013-14 Season Outlook
The University of Utah women's basketball team will begin its 2013-14 road schedule on Tuesday at Utah State. Tipoff from Logan's Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is set for 7 p.m. MT. The Utes opened their season on Nov. 8 with a 73-56 win over Denver in Salt Lake City before a 75-69 loss to No. 15/12 Nebraska last Friday in the Huntsman Center.
Last Time Out: Utah was edged by No. 15/12 Nebraska on Nov. 15 in the Huntsman Center, 75-69. The Utes shot 50.0% from 3-point territory as it connected on 10 of its 20 attempts from distance. Seventeen of the Utes' 25 field goals in the game were assisted, while Utah only committed nine turnovers and forced Nebraska to turn the ball over 11 times.
Michelle Making Plays: Senior forward Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) turned in 27 points and 12 points to go with five assists last Friday against No. 15/12 Nebraska for her first double-double of the season. Plouffe's 27 points was just three shy of tying her career high) and her 12 rebounds was also a season high. She was a perfect 3-for-3 from long range and also connected on 6-of-7 shots from the free throw line against the Cornhuskers.
Dani Deals: Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez (Downey, Calif.) leads the Pac-12 with 5.5 assists per game this season and is tied for 20th in the league with 13.0 points per game. Last Friday against No. 15/12 Nebraska, Rodriguez tallied a career-high 16 points on a 6-for-10 night (including 2-for-3 from 3-point range) from the floor, while dishing out five assists and grabbing three rebounds.
Give And Go: Early this season, Utah leads the Pac-12 with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Utes have handed out 34 assists, while only turning the ball over 21 times as a team. Guard Ciera Dunbar (Elko, Nev.) paces the Pac-12's individual standings in the category with a 7 to 0 assist-to-turnover ratio early this season.
Youth Movement: The Ute freshman class has wasted little time in waiting to contribute. Ute newcomers have played 133 of a possible 400 minutes this season, accounting for 33.4 percent of the playing time. The quartet has scored 45 of Utah' 142 points (.317) through the first two games and 22 of the team's 72 rebounds (.306).
Potter For the Block: Freshman forward Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba) is second in the Pac-12 with five blocks this season at 2.5 blocks per game. Potter is tied for eighth in the Pac-12 with an .875 free throw percentage, ninth in the league with a .533 shooting percentage and tied for 24th in the conference with 11.5 points per game. Potter leads all Pac-12 freshmen in blocked shots, ranks second in free throw percentage and fourth in scoring and field goal percentage. Last Friday, Potter grabbed 10 rebounds to go with seven points and a pair of blocks against No. 15/12 Nebraska.
From the Foul Line: After making 20 of their first 26 free throws as a team, the Utes lead the Pac-12 with a .769 percentage. Utah went 11-of-12 in the season opener against Denver on Nov. 8 with Potter going for a perfect 6-for-6, while Malia Nawahine was 3-for-4.
From Way Downtown: The Utes are tied for second in the Pac-12 early this season with 9.0 made 3-point field goals per game. Oregon leads the way with 30 3-pointers through two games in 2013-14. Junior guard Cheyenne Wilson (Seattle) is tied with Plouffe and six others for ninth in the Pac-12 with 2.0 made 3-point field goals per game in the early-going this season. Wilson was 3-for-6 from distance last Friday against the Cornhuskers.