Game 15 at Washington State
Friday, Jan. 11
8 p.m. MT
Pullman, Wash. (Beasley Coliseum)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Live Stats: www.WSUCougars.com
The Utah women's basketball program is headed to the Pacific Northwest this week for a pair of games, starting with Washington State on Friday, Jan. 11. The game will tip off at 8 p.m. MT in Pullman, Wash.
How to Tune In:
The game against Washington State will air on the Pac-12 Networks. Fans can also catch the game in action on the radio with Tyson Ewing calling the shots on ESPN 700.
The Washington State Cougars enter the game 6-8 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Despite losing the last two against ranked Oregon State and Oregon, the Cougars started Pac-12 play with a 79-76 win at Washington. They are led in scoring by Borislava Hristova, who is averaging 22.5 points per game, ranking second in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally while Maria Kostourkova is leading the Cougars in rebounding (8.9 per game) to rank third in the league. Washington has also had luck from the arc this season, ranking in the top-five in the Pac-12 while shooting 36-percent.
On The Road:
Utah is 22-20 on the road under the direction of head coach Lynne Roberts
(3-0 in 2018-19, 7-7 in 2017-18, 6-6 in 2016-17, 6-7 in 2015-16).
Utah stays in Washington for the weekend when they take on the Washington Huskies on Sunday, Jan. 13. The game is set for a 3 p.m. MT tip and will air on Pac-12 Mountain and Pac-12 Washington.
Utah has been honored by the Pac-12 with seven different player of the week nods this season, the most by any school in the league (six freshmen of the week, one player of the week).
• Utah ranks in the top-15 nationally in field goal percentage (10th, .479), free throw percentage (14th, .775) and three-point percentage (11th, .388), one of just two teams nationally to rank in the top-15 in all three categories (Oregon).
• Utah has scored 70-plus points in 13 games of its 14 games this season, ranking fourth in the Pac-12 and in the top-35 nationally in scoring offense (78.0 points per game).
Last Time Out:
The Utes bounced back from a tough loss against Arizona State on Friday by defeating Arizona on Sunday in a dominating fashion. Although Utah only won by 16 points, they held as much of a 30-point lead in the third quarter, thanks in large part to five double digits scorers and three double-doubles. Kiana Moore
put up 19 points to lead the Utes with Megan Huff
recording 16 points and 13 rebounds. Dre'Una Edwards
chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds with Dru Gylten
adding 10 points and 10 assists. Andrea Torres
rounded out Utah's double-digit performers with 10 points.
Utah vs. The Pac-12:
The Utes are 107-149 against the current members of the Pac-12. Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011-12, Utah is 46-83 in conference play.
Threes For Ki:
Junior Kiana Moore
had a career-high day against Arizona, scoring a team-high 19 points while knocking down 5-of-6 from the arc. In non-conference play, Moore was 7-of-29 (24%) from the three. Fast forward to the last three games and Moore is 7-10 (70%), which ranks third in the Pac-12 in conference games only.
Three In Doubles:
The Utes had three players notch double-doubles against Arizona with Megan Huff
(16 pts, 13 rbs), Dre'Una Edwards
(11 pts, 12 rbs) and Dru Gylten
(10 pts, 10 assists) all reaching the achievement. Utah is one of just two schools in the Pac-12 this season to have three double-doubles in a single game (Oregon vs. UC Irvine).
Double Unique: Dru Gylten
came away with her first career double-double at Utah with 10 points and 10 assists. She is the only freshman in the Pac-12 to have a double-double with points and assists and one of just seven players this season to achieve the mark.
Dru Ranks High:
In 11 of the 14 games this season, redshirt freshman Dru Gylten
has had five or more assists, including her double-digit assist games against Seattle U (11) and Arizona (10). She ranks first among freshmen (10th
overall) nationally in assists (88) and is 12th
nationally in assists per game (6.3).
Five for Five:
The Utes had five double-digit scorers in the game against Arizona, the second time this season that Utah has had five players score 10+ points in a game (vs. Alabama).
True freshman Andrea Torres
was averaging only 3.2 points per game off the bench during the non-conference season. In the last three games, Torres has reached double-digits twice and is averaging 9.3 points per game in Pac-12 play.