Malia Nawahine and the Utes host fourth-ranked Stanford TONIGHT at 6 p.m. MT.
Jan. 10, 2014
Utah Women's Basketball Updates
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The University of Utah women's basketball team starts its Pac-12 Conference home slate against No. 4 Stanford tonight at 6 p.m. MT in the Huntsman Center.
The Utes have won five of their last seven, but had their five-game win streak snapped on Jan. 3 in a 55-38 loss at UCLA in their Pac-12 opener before suffering a 55-47 setback at USC on Jan. 5. Utah is 7-6 through its first 13 games this season. The Utes are 5-1 at home this season with their only loss at the hands of No. 15/12 Nebraska on Nov. 15.
Fourth-ranked Stanford is on a 12-game win streak and the only loss for the Cardinal came in a 76-57 contest at top-ranked Connecticut on Storrs, Conn., on Nov. 11. The Cardinal beat Oregon 96-66 on Jan. 3 and Oregon State 89-67 on Jan. 5 at home to open league play.
Youth Night: Activities for kids will be available throughout the concourse. Kids will receive free Utah foam noodles to cheer on the Utes, and the Swoop's Nest Kid's Zone in Section V will be available for all kids 12 and under.
Faculty/Staff Game No. 2: Free Admission to all University of Utah faculty and staff as well as their families with U-ID.
There will also be special halftime presentation to the USSSA and a performance from the Just Jumpin' jump rope team.
Equality Utah: Utah Women's Basketball has teamed up with Equality Utah to help bring awareness to bullying in our community. Youth and teens coming to the Cal game can sign the pledge to Flip the Script, and stand up to bullying and will receive free admission. For more information on bullying, and ways to prevent it, visit equalityutah.org.
There will also be a halftime performance from the Utah Dance Team.
Plouffe Makes a Move: With 15 points on Jan. 5 at USC, senior forward Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) moved up to sixth on the school's career scoring chart. Plouffe paced the Ute offense during the first week of conference play with 10.5 points per game and was second on the squad with 7.5 rebounds per contest at UCLA and USC. Plouffe's 15-point performance at USC was her 10th double-digit point game in 11 outings this year as she also chipped in five rebounds against the Trojans. She registered her seventh game with 10 or more rebounds this season at UCLA on Jan. 3 as she tied for game-high honors by corralling 10 rebounds to go with six points against the Bruins.
Plouffe on Utah's Career Lists: Aside from improving to sixth place on Utah's all-time scoring list at USC, Plouffe became Utah's fourth all-time leading rebounder on Nov. 26 at UNLV. Plouffe is sixth in school history with 1,763 career points and needs 123 more to tie Morgan Warburton (1,886 from 2005-09) for fifth place on the list. She now has 983 over her career and is now 32 away from tying Kim Smith (1,015 from 2002-06) for third place in school history.
Potter Steps Up: Freshman forward Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba) grabbed a team-high 8.5 rebounds per contest at UCLA and USC to go with seven points per game. She equaled her season-high with 11 rebounds for her third double-digit rebound performance of this season on Jan. 5 at USC. Potter posted her seventh consecutive double-digit-point game on Jan. 3 at UCLA and her ninth this season after scoring 12 points and shooting 6-of-12 from the floor to go with six rebounds against the Bruins.
Potter was tied for fourth in the latest Pac-12 statistics in blocked shots (1.3 per game), 10 in field goal percentage (47.8, 64-134), and 23rd in the league in scoring (11.5 per game). She leads conference freshmen in blocked shots, ranks second among her classmates in field goal percentage and third in scoring.
Dynamic Dani: Sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez (Downey, Calif.) is second in the Pac-12 in assists and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio. Rodriguez has dished out 5.2 assists per game this season, which is 0.6 off the pace of the league leader. She owns a 1.9 (68-35) assist-to-turnover ratio this season. She is third in the league in minutes (36.2 per game).