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Women's Basketball Welcomes Colorado to the Huntsman Center

Jan 27, 2022

THE GAME
The University of Utah women's basketball team returns to the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Friday night when they host the Buffaloes of Colorado. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
   
FRIDAY'S MATCHUP
Date | Time: Friday, Jan. 28 | 7 p.m. (MT)
Utah (10-6, 1-3 Pac-12) vs. Colorado (13-4, 2-4 Pac-12)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah | Jon M. Huntsman Center
Live Stats: Click Here
Live Audio: Click Here
TV/Stream: Pac-12 Networks
  
HOW TO TUNE IN
The game against Colorado will be aired on ESPN700 with Tyson Ewing and Milee Enger calling the shots, or you can find the game on the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk and Amanda Smith on the call. Live Stats can be found at UtahUtes.com.
 
GAME PROMOTION
Friday night is TikTok night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a ring light.
 
OPENING TIP
• The reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, Gianna Kneepkens, has made an immediate impact once she was put into the starting lineup. She is averaging 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and shooting 45.9 percent from the floor over her past eight games.  
• The Utes are crashing the offensive glass this season. They have collected 221 offensive rebounds this season. They have averaged 12.5 offensive rebounds per game over the past two games.  
• Sharing is caring! Utah leads in the Pac-12 in assists (276). Utah also leads the Pac-12 in the assist-to-turnover ratio (1.23) and assists per game (17.2). The Utes have tallied an assist on 62 percent of their field goals.
• Utah has hit eight or more threes in 74 games under the direction of Lynne Roberts, going 53-21 in those games. Utah has made ten or more threes in eight games this season. Utah averages 10.3 made three-pointers per game and has made 164 on the season. Both of those lead the Pac-12.
• Utah is one of the best teams to defend the three-point line this season. They are only allowing opponents to shoot 29.6 percent on threes. The Utes have limited its opponents to shoot 11-for-43 over the last two games from deep. 
       
TEAM NOTES
• Utah and Colorado meet for the first time this season on Friday night in the Huntsman Center. These two teams will then meet on Sunday in Boulder. The last time the Utes and the Buffs played back-to-back games was during the 2017-18 season. Each time won on the other's home court that season. 
• Utah has hit eight or more threes in 74 games under the direction of Lynne Roberts, going 53-21 in those games. Utah has made 8+ threes in seven games this season, including five with 10+ (19 vs. Lipscomb, 11/10, 14 vs. Xavier, 11/13, 12 at Hawaii, 11/27, 16 vs. Eastern Illinois, 11/28, 12 vs. BYU, 12/4, 15 vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/10, 12 vs. UC Riverside 1/14, 11 vs. #2/#3 Stanford 1/16). 
• Gianna Kneepkens was inserted into the starting lineup eight games again, and she has not disappointed. She is averaging a team-high 13.1 points per game over this stretch. She led the team in scoring on Wednesday at Oregon with 17 points. She averages 4.6 rebounds per game during this stretch and shoots 45.9 percent from the floor. On Monday, she was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. 
• The Utes are one of the best teams in the Pac-12 at defending the three-point line. Opponents are only shooting 29.6 percent on threes against Utah this season. Over the Utes past two games, opponents are a combined 11-for-43 on three-point attempts.  
• The Pac-12 has been the nation's top-rated conference by RPI in four of the last six 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. 
• The duo of Brynna Maxwell and Kennady McQueen has been outstanding this season from distance. Each player is shooting 43 percent or better on threes this season. They combined to shoot 6-of-10 on threes at Oregon on Wednesday. 
• Utah opened the season with back-to-back 100-point games. This was the second time in program history that Utah scored 100 or more in back-to-back games. The first time this happened was during the 1978-79 season.
• Dasia Young has done it all for the Utes since she got here. She has scored, rebounded, and dished the ball. She averages 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game this season.   
• Brynna Maxwell continues to shine for the Utes. She is one of the best three-pointer shooters in the country. She leads the team in made threes this season with 43, the second-best mark in the Pac-12. Over her three years, Maxwell has made 169 threes, which is the eighth-most in program history.  
 
NEXT UP
The Utes hit the road for a matinee contest with Colorado on Sunday, Jan. 30th. The Utes and the Buffs will tip at 12 p.m. MT from the CU Events Center. You can catch the game on the Pac-12 Networks or by turning on ESPN700 and listening to Tyson Ewing.
 
FOLLOW THE UTES!
 Fans can follow along during the 2021-22 season on social media (Twitter: @UtahWBB | Instagram: @UtahWBB | Facebook: Facebook.com/UtahWBB).