Women's Basketball To Host No. 1 Stanford Friday
The University of Utah women's basketball program will host the Bay Area schools this week in the Jon M. Huntsman Center, starting with the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal on Friday, Jan. 15. The game is set for a 1:30 p.m. MT tip and will air on Pac-12 Networks.
HOW TO TUNE IN
Utah's game against Stanford will air live on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Mountain with Mary Murphy and Krista Blunk on the call. Fans can also tune in to ESPN 700 with Tyson Ewing and Amanda Smith giving play-by-play action on the radio. Live stats for the game will be available on UtahUtes.com on the women's basketball schedule page.
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 508-120. The Utes have nine seasons without a loss at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, also posting a 28-game home winning streak that lasted from Jan. 12, 1995 to Feb. 8, 1997.
• Utah currently ranks in the top-half of the conference in total steals (4th, 92) and steals per game (6th, 9.2). Utah has five games with 10-or-more takeaways this season, including in two of the last three games.
• Utah's underclassmen (3 sophomores, 4 freshmen) have scored 388 of Utah's 643 points this season (60%).
• 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.
• Utah has knocked off a Top 25 opponent every season under the direction of Lynne Roberts. Stanford will be Utah's fifth top-15 opponent this season.
• The last time the Utes played against the AP No. 1 team was on March 21, 2005 against Stanford (L, 88-62). The game on Friday will be just the second time in program history that the Utes have played the No. 1 team in the AP Poll.
Utah remains home for a Sunday matinee on Jan. 17 when they host California. The game will tip off at 12 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Mountain.
STAY HOME, STAY ENGAGED
With fans not allowed 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.
• In the first five games, Utah was only averaging 59.8 points per game. In the last five games, Utah has averaged 69.0 including scoring season-high point totals in back-to-back games (74 vs. Washington State, 1/1/21; 84 vs. Washington, 1/3/21).
• In a three-game span, Utah has knocked down 15+ free throws (24 vs. Washington, 1/3; 19 at USC, 1/8; 20 at UCLA, 1/10). Utah is 63-of-75 in the last three games from the free throw line (.840).
• Utah has averaged 21.0 made free throws per game in the last three games. Utah's 63 points off free throws in that three-game span has ac-counted for 30-percent of its scoring (63 of 210).
• Utah's 24 free throws against Washington (1/3) was the most by the Utes this season and is the second-most by a Pac-12 team in 2021.
• Utah ranks first in the Pac-12 in free throws made this season and is third in free throw percentage (.720).
• Utah has knocked down 43 three-pointers in the last five games (8.6 per game) and has hit eight or more in four of the last five contests.
• Utah's 53 second half points against Washington (1/3) is the most in a half by the Utes this season and the second time they've scored 50+ in a half (50 in second vs. Oregon State, 12/8). It was the most points in a half by the Utes since Utah recorded 58 in the second half against Washing-ton on Feb. 18, 2018.
• Utah's 29 points in the fourth quarter against Washington (1/3) is the most by the Utes in a quarter this season. It is the most the Utes have scored in a single quarter since they dropped 34 in the fourth against UCLA on Feb. 10, 2019.
• Utah's bench has scored 30+ points in four games this season, accounting for 34-percent of Utah's total points (221 of 643).