Dec. 19, 2011
Utah vs. New Mexico State (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7:00 p.m. MT
Radio: ESPN700/www.espn700sports.com (Play-by-Play Rick Bouillon)
Live video available at UtahUtes.com/allaccess
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's basketball team takes on New Mexico State on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7:00 p.m. before taking a week-long break for the holidays.
Fans who wear a holiday sweater will receive free admission, and Santa will be on hand passing out candy canes. In addition the Studio 56 Dance Team will provide halftime entertainment.
The Utes are coming off a dominant win over Texas Southern, 75-33.
"After watching the tape against Texas Southern, I was really pleased with our second-half performance on both ends of the floor," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "We just want to get better this time of year in practice and every game that we play as we're getting closer and closer to conference season. We can't be satisfied. We need to see improvements in every facet of the game as we move forward.
"There are no classes right now, so we have a four-week stretch of being a professional basketball team. I think we know as a staff what our deficiencies are and what our strengths are, and in these next couple of weeks we have to make sure we get better in those areas that we are deficient in and keep improving in the areas that make us a good team."
New Mexico State is 1-8 on the season. The Aggies won their first game of the season at Houston but have struggled since, including a one-point loss at New Mexico and an overtime defeat against UTEP.
"New Mexico State has a new coach this season," Levrets said. "Coach Trakh does a great job. He's a former head coach at Pepperdine and USC. They're running a new system to that group of kids. They do a good job with their motion stuff. It's going to be a challenge defending them, and they play incredibly hard."
Utah is 21-6 all-time against the Aggies, but has not played them regularly since 1990 when both teams were in the High Country Athletic Conference. The Utes won last year's meeting in Las Cruces, 72-62.