Nov. 29, 2012
Utah vs. Hawaii (Stan Sherrif Center)
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2:00 p.m. HT (5:00 p.m. MT)
Radio: ESPN 700/espn700sports.com (Play-by-Play Rick Bouillon)
Live video on Big West TV at http://bit.ly/HIWBBall
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's basketball team travels to Hawaii to face the Rainbow Wahine on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2:00 p.m. HT (5:00 p.m. MT).
Saturday's game marks a homecoming for senior Iwalani Rodrigues, who is from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and went to Kalani High School.
Utah is 6-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Utah started the season 11-0 that year and reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Utah head coach Anthony Levrets attributes the early success to Utah's upperclassmen leadership.
"This team thinks that we have a chance to be good," Levrets said. "It's the difference between having a bunch of young players and a bunch of older players. They know what's coming. They know how to get ready for each game. Having that leadership is huge right now for this program."
Utah junior Michelle Plouffe says that the team chemistry is extremely strong this season.
"We just love to play, and we play really good together," Plouffe said. "I think that we have something this year. Our chemistry on and off the court is the best since I've been here. Hopefully we can keep our hot streak going."
Hawaii is 2-5 on the season but has played a tough schedule, including ranked teams Baylor, Stanford and Oklahoma. Kamilah Martin is averaging 14.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game this season. Martin has recorded three double-doubles this year.
Utah is 4-0 all-time against Hawaii. The two teams played twice as conference foes in the Western Athletic Conference in 1999. The last meeting came in 2004.