Women's Basketball Set To Host Montana State Friday
The University of Utah women's basketball program is set to host the Montana State Bobcats on Friday, Dec. 11 in the Jon M. Huntsman Center for its only non-conference game of the year. The Utes and the Bobcats will tip off at 5 p.m. MT with a live stream being provided on UtahUtes.com.
HOME SWEET HUNTSMAN
The Utah Women's Basketball program has an 81-percent winning percentage when playing in Salt Lake City, holding an all-time record of 506-117. The Utes have nine seasons without a loss in the Huntsman Center, also posting a 28-game home winning streak that lasted from Jan. 12, 1995 to Feb. 8, 1997.
HOW TO TUNE IN
Utah's game against Montana State will be streamed live on UtahUtes.com with live stats also available on the Utah Women's Basketball schedule page. Fans can also tune in on ESPN 700 and listen to play-by-play announcer Tyson Ewing and analyst Amanda Smith on the call.
• Utah returns eight letter winners, four starters and 77-percent of its scoring from the 2019-20 season.
• Utah brought in the No. 20-ranked recruiting class by ESPN in freshmen Kennady McQueen (four-star, Top 100 recruit), Peyton McFarland (four-star, Top 100 recruit) and Donna Ntambue (Top 15 recruit in Canada), adding 6-5 Aussie Kelsey Rees in April.
• The Utes bring size to the court this season, averaging out at 6-1 between the 14 players on the roster. Ten of Utah's 14 squad members are 6-0 or taller.
The Utes will return to its conference schedule when they head to Boulder, Colo. to take on the Colorado Buffaloes on Monday, Dec. 14. The game is set for a 12 p.m. MT tip and will air on Pac-12 Networks.
STAY HOME, STAY ENGAGED
Per the Pac-12's COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee, fans will not be allowed at games to begin the season with the decision being revisited based upon health and safety considerations in January 2021. Despite not being in the arena, there are several ways to stay up-to-date and engaged in the game. Fans can follow the Utes on Twitter (@UtahWBB) and Instagram (@UtahWBB) along with catching interesting and informative stories on UtahUtes.com.
Last Time Out: The Utes took on the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers on Dec. 8, beating them on their home court for the upset. Brynna Maxwell scored a career-high 34 points on the way to leading the Utes to the victory as the Utes knocked down a season-high 10 three-pointers while playing sound defense. Utah forced 20 turnovers, also out-rebounding the Beavers 41-33.
• Utah's 41 total rebounds in the game included 19 offensive boards, a key difference maker in the game. It is the most offensive rebounds the Utes have had in a game since their game against BYU on Dec. 8, 2018 when they had 19 offensive boards.
Under the direction of Lynne Roberts, the Utes have posted a record of 49-16 (75%) in non-conference games (includes regular season non-conference, Pac-12 Tournament games and postseason games).
• Utah has gone undefeated in regular season non-conference games twice under Roberts, going 11-0 in 2018-19 and 2016-17.
The Pac-12 has been the nation's top-rated conference by RPI in three of the last five seasons with the Utes facing a Top 25 opponent almost every week. Under the direction of Lynne Roberts, the Utes have knocked off a Top 25 opponent each year, all coming during conference play.
• Utah beat No. 15 Oregon State on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, the first win over a Top 25 opponent on the road since they took down No. 19 Arizona State in Tempe on Jan. 19, 2018.
• Utah's win over Oregon State this season was the 27th win over a Top 25 opponent in program history and its highest ranked win since they beat Stanford (#6) in 2019.
• The win against the Beavers marked the first time since Feb. 10, 2013 that the Utes have beat the Beavers (66-40), and the first time since Dec. 18, 2000 that Utah has won in Corvallis.