Taryn Wicijowski is ninth in the NCAA in field goal percentage.
Dec. 17, 2012
Utah vs. UC Irvine (Huntsman Center)
Thursday, Dec. 20, 7:00 p.m. MT
Radio: ESPN 700/espn700sports.com (Play-by-Play Rick Bouillon)
Live video at http://pac-12.com/live/utahutes.aspx
Utah (8-1) is 26th in the NCAA in field goal percentage (44.7) while ranking 14th in three-point field goal percentage (38.4). The Utes are seventh in fewest turnovers per game (12.6) while ranking 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.23). Utah is 31st nationally in scoring margin (16.3) and 36th in field goal percentage defense (33.6).
UC Irvine is 2-7 overall. The Anteaters last played on Dec. 9, a 71-64 loss to CSU Bakersfield. The team takes on Utah State on Dec. 18th before playing Utah. Jennifer Tsurumoto leads UC Irvine with 11.6 points per game with a team-high 23 assists.
Utah is 3-0 all-time against UC Irvine. The Utes last played the Anteaters in 2007, a 91-50 Ute win in the Huntsman Center. The Utes also won both games of a home-and-home series in 1996 and 1997.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet fans and holiday-themed videos will be aired on the video board.
Utah takes an eight-day break for the holidays after Thursday's game, returning to the court on Dec. 29.
"I think we'll be really focused [on Thursday]," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "As we get closer to conference it gets easier to have your players attention. Our kids are excited about Christmas and the break, as we all are, but they have taken a very good approach about getting themselves better each day and each week."