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Women's Basketball Welcomes Washington to the Huntsman Center

Feb 2, 2022

THE GAME
The University of Utah women's basketball team returns to the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Friday to host the University of Washington Huskies. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. MT.
   
FRIDAY'S MATCHUP
Date | Time: Friday, Feb. 4 | 7 p.m. (MT)
Utah (11-7, 2-4 Pac-12) vs. Washington (5-9, 0-6 Pac-12)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah | Jon M. Huntsman Center
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TV/Stream: Pac-12 Networks
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HOW TO TUNE IN
The game against Washington 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 National Girls and Women in Sports Night at the Huntsman Center.
     
OPENING TIP
• For the second straight week, Gianna Kneepkens was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. Over the three games, Kneepkens averaged 12.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. She shot 40.0 percent (14-for-35). She hit at least one three-pointer in every game and now has made a three in eight-straight contests.
• Dasia Young continued to shine for the Utes. She led Utah in scoring for the second straight game on Sunday at Colorado. Young set a career-high in the win on Sunday with five made three-pointers. 
• Sharing is caring! Utah leads in the Pac-12 in assists (304). Utah also leads the Pac-12 in the assist-to-turnover ratio (1.15) and assists per game (6.9). The Utes have tallied an assist on 60 percent of their field goals. 
• The Utah Women's Basketball program has an 80-percent winning percentage when playing in Salt Lake City, holding an all-time record of 515-127. 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 has hit eight or more threes in 75 games under the direction of Lynne Roberts, going 54-21 in those games. Utah averages 10.0 made three-pointers per game and has made 180 on the season. Both of those lead the Pac-12.
    
TEAM NOTES
• Freshman Gianna Kneepkens has been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award for the second straight week, the conference announced on Monday. This is the fourth time she has claimed this honor this season. Over the three games, Kneepkens averaged 12.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. She shot 40.0 percent (14-for-35). She hit at least one three-pointer in every game and now has made a three in eight-straight contests.
• Utah has hit eight or more threes in 75 games under the direction of Lynne Roberts, going 54-21 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). 
• The Utah Women's Basketball program has an 80-percent winning percentage when playing in Salt Lake City, holding an all-time record of 515-127. 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. The Utes are 7-3 at home this season.  
• Friday night features a battle of sisters. Sophomore Kelsey Rees will square off against her sister Darcy, a member of the Washington Huskies. This will be the third meeting between the sisters in their careers. The first two meetings came last year. Currently, the series is tied 1-1. Friday's game is the only regular-season meeting between these two programs.
• At Colorado on Jan. 30, freshman Inês Vieira made her first career start as a Ute. This was the fifth different starting lineup the Utes used this season. In the first start of her career, Vieira played 28 minutes, scored 12 points, had eight rebounds, and had four assists.  
• 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. 
• Junior Dasia Young had an impressive weekend against Colorado, setting season and career-highs. Over the past two games for Young, she has averaged 16.5 points per game. She has made 9-of-13 three-pointers in her last two games.
• 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.
• 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 45, the second-best mark in the Pac-12. Over her three years, Maxwell has made 171 threes, which is the eighth-most in program history.  
 
NEXT UP
Utah hosts Washington State on Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Utes and the Cougars will tip-off at 12 p.m. MT. You can catch the game on the Pac-12 Networks or by turning on ESPN700 and listening to Tyson Ewing and Milee Enger. The contest against Washington State our Power in Pink Game. Fans who were pink will receive FREE admission. 
 
FOLLOW THE UTES!
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