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Utah Women's Basketball Sweeps Pac-12 Weekly Honors

Forward Emily Potter was named the Pac-12 Freshman Player of the Week.

Forward Emily Potter was named the Pac-12 Freshman Player of the Week.

Dec. 16, 2013

Plouffe Named espnW National Player of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The University of Utah women's basketball team swept the weekly awards for the Pac-12 Conference as senior forward Michelle Plouffe was named Player of the Week and forward Emily Potter was named Freshman Player of the Week.

"I am very happy for both Michelle and Emily," Utah Head Coach Anthony Levrets said. "They both had great weeks statistically and made huge impacts on both of our wins. Hopefully, this will help propel us to even greater success as a team and for them on an individual basis as well."

Utah is the first Pac-12 team to sweep the weekly awards this season. This was the first Pac-12 weekly honor for both Plouffe and Potter and the third for the Utes since joining the conference.

Plouffe was also named espnW's National Player of the Week after scoring nine points in the second overtime during last Saturday's win at BYU. She posted team-high marks of 22.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game for the Utes in a pair of victories during in-state games last week. She also had seven steals (3.5 per game) and distributed five assists (2.5 per game) against Utah Valley and BYU.

Plouffe ended the BYU game with a game-high 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to go with three assists and three steals. She was 10-of-12 at the free throw line and connected on two of her four 3-point attempts. She reached double-digits in points for the ninth time in nine games this season and has had 10 or more rebounds six times in 2013-14. She scored a team-high 21 points on Wednesday against Utah Valley and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and also recorded a season-high four steals.

 

 

Plouffe leads the Pac-12 with 8.4 defensive rebounds per game and second in the league in total rebounds at 11.4 per game. She is listed among the league leaders in seven other categories. She is fourth in scoring (19.6 points per game), sixth in minutes per game (33.9), tied for sixth in steals (2.1 per game), seventh in free throw percentage (.830, 39-47), tied for 12th in offensive rebounds (3.0 per game), 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (.394, 13-33). She was also tied for 15th in the Pac-12 with 3.2 assists per game.

Potter earned her first career weekly award after averaging 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game to help Utah pick up a pair of non-conference victories last week. She shot 46.9 (15-32) from the floor, handed out two assists and made her second career steal.

Potter set a new career high by swatting six shots on Wednesday against Utah Valley in addition to scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

Potter saved her best for the rivalry game at BYU on Saturday as she turned in her first double-double as a Ute. She scored a career-high 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. She has had six double-figure-point performances this season, including each of the last four. Her previous career high was 16 points in the season opener against Denver. She now also has two double-figure rebound performances.

This season, Potter is third in the Pac-12 with 1.3 blocked shots per game (first among freshmen), 20th in the league with 6.1 rebounds (fourth among freshmen) and tied for 26th in the Pac-12 after averaging 11.2 points per game (fourth among freshmen).

The Utes host Samford on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. MT. Rick Bouillon will have the play-by-play call on ESPN700 and the live stream at pac-12.com.

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