Kneepkens Earns Fifth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Honor
SAN FRANCISCO – Freshman Gianna Kneepkens has been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award, the conference announced on Monday. This is the fifth time she has claimed this honor this season.
Her five honors are the most by a single player in the Pac-12 this season. The Utes have taken home seven freshmen of the week honors this season. This is the 21st time in program history the Utes have claimed this award.
The Duluth, Minn., native started the week off by scoring 10 points against USC. She was 4-of-8 from the floor in the game, and she grabbed three rebounds.
She continued to score in double-figures on the week, with 12 points in the contest against No. 2 Stanford on Friday night. She played 29 minutes while grabbing four rebounds and had an assist in the game.
She closed the week off with a 21-point performance against Cal. She scored the final seven points for the Utes in overtime, including hitting the go-ahead three with 1:26 left. She sealed the win going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. She tallied a career-high nine rebounds in the contest and shot 50 percent from the floor.
Over the three games, Kneepkens averaged 14.3 points, and 5.3 rebounds per game. She shot 51.6 percent (16-of-31). She hit at least one three-pointer in every game and now has made a three in 13-straight contests.
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) February 14, 2022
Utah remains on the road as they head to Los Angeles for matchups with USC and UCLA. The Utes will take on USC on Friday, Feb. 18, from the Galen Center. The contest will start at 8 p.m. MT. You can turn on ESPN700 and hear Tyson Ewing and Milee Enger on the call. The game will also be streamed on the Pac-12 Networks.
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