Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez and the Utes host UC Santa Barbara on Monday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. MT.
Dec. 23, 2013
Utah Women's Basketball Updates
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The Utes are in the midst of a four-game win streak after a home win over Samford on Dec. 21 and back-to-back victories over in-state opponents Utah Valley and BYU.
Utah is 6-4 through its first 10 games this season. The Utes are 4-1 at home this season with victories over Denver (73-56 on Nov. 8), Nevada (61-57 on Dec. 7), Utah Valley (81-70 on Dec. 11) and Samford (69-49 on Dec. 21).
After a 4-3 start, UC Santa Barbara has lost four of its last five. The Gauchos snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating Seattle 78-75 at home on Dec. 28.
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Utes Win Fourth Straight: Utah turned in a season-high 54.2 (26-48) shooting percentage on Dec. 21 against Samford, while holding the Bulldogs to a 38.8 (19-49) clip. The Utes outrebounded the Bulldogs, 36-18, and were 10-of-14 from the free throw line, compared to just five free throw attempts for Samford. Utah had three players in double-figures. The Utes limited the Bulldogs to a 37.5 (9-24) shooting percentage in the second half, while shooting 52.4 (11-21).
Potter Stands Out: In 15 minutes on the floor, freshman forward Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba) tied her career high with 18 points on Dec. 21 against Samford. Potter also had five rebounds and blocked a shot against the Bulldogs. This was her fifth consecutive game with 10 or more points and her seventh in 10 contests this season to go with two contests with 10 or more rebounds.
This season, Potter was third in the latest Pac-12 statistics in blocked shots (1.3 per game), tied for ninth in field goal percentage (50.0, 49-98), and 24th in the league in scoring (11.9 per game). She leads conference freshmen in blocked shots, is tied for ninth in shooting percentage and was fourth in scoring.
Dani Deals: Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez (Downey, Calif.) is second in the Pac-12 in assists per game and is third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio. Rodriguez has dished out 5.3 assists per game this season. She stands third in the league with a 2.5 (53-21) assist-to-turnover ratio after handing out three assists with one turnover on Dec. 21 against Samford. She is also fourth in the league in minutes (35.4 per game), 13th with a .484 field goal percentage (30-62) and 15th with a .762 (32-42) percentage from the free throw line.
Long-Range Wilson: After hitting both of her 3-point attempts Dec. 21 against Samford, junior guard Cheyenne Wilson (Seattle, Wash.) is ninth in the league with a 41.5 (17-41) shooting percentage from beyond the arc. She is 13th in the Pac-12 this season with 1.7 3-point field goals per game
Wilson dished out a career-high five assists versus Samford. She had her second double-digit-point game of the season on Dec. 14 at BYU as she ended with 11 after hitting three of four attempts from long distance. She made her first two shots from the floor and ended 4-of-6 overall against the Cougars.
Marvelous Malia: Malia Nawahine (Springville, Utah) tied for team-high honors with a career-high 18 points off a 6-of-8 shooting performance on Dec. 21 against Samford.
Nawahine hit all 3 of her 3-point attempts and was 3-for-3 from the foul line in addition to grabbing four rebounds and handing out a pair of assists against the Bulldogs. This was the third double-digit-point outing of her freshman campaign. Nawahine also established new career-best marks against Samford in field goals (6), shooting percentage (.750), 3-point field goals (3), 3-point shooting percentage (1.000) and minutes (29).
This season, Nawahine is averaging 6.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 23.3 minutes per game. Nawahine has started each of the last seven games and is averaging 7.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game during that stretch.
Anthony Levrets (@CoachLevrets) December 22, 2013