Women's Hoops Takes on Texas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament
On Sunday afternoon, the University of Utah women's basketball team faces the Longhorns of the University of Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. MT from the Frank Erwin Center and will be aired on ESPN.
Date | Time: Sunday, March 20 | 3 p.m. (MT)
Utah (21-11) vs. Texas (27-6)
Location: Austin, Texas | Frank Erwin Center
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HOW TO TUNE IN
The game against the Longhorns will be aired on ESPN700 with Tyson Ewing and Milee Enger calling the shots, or you can find the game on ESPN with Angel Gray and Chelsea Gray on the call. Live stats can be found at UtahUtes.com.
The Utes are the highest-scoring team in the Pac-12 (18th NCAA), averaging 76.5 points per game, and on pace for the third-highest figure in school history and highest since 1980-81. The school record is 78.5 (1978-79), and No. 2 is 78.2 (1980-81).
LEADING THE PAC-12
Utah also leads the Pac-12 in three-pointers made (4th NCAA; school-record 306), three-point attempts (9th NCAA; 856), assists (25th NCAA; 493), three-pointers made per game (7th NCAA; 9.6), three-point field goal percentage (21st NCAA; 35.7%), assists per game (39th NCAA; 15.4), free throws made (14th NCAA; 465) and free throw attempts (40th NCAA; 598).
NCAA TOURNAMENT SINGLE-GAME RECORDS
The Utes set multiple single-game NCAA Tournament records in the contest against the Razorbacks. Utah scored 92 points and hit 15 three-pointers in the game, setting new program records for an NCAA Tournament game. Utah made 32 field goals, tied for the program high for most field goals made in an NCAA Tournament game. Senior point guard Dru Gylten picked up 11 assists in the win. The 11 assists ties for most assists in a single game. Kennady McQueen was on fire from deep and hit six threes, second-most by a single individual.
• Before the Pac-12 Tournament Freshman, Gianna Kneepkens was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. She becomes just the second player since joining the Pac-12 to earn this honor. The only other time Utah won this award was in 2019.
• For the first time in program history, the Utes earned All-Tournament honors at the Pac-12 Tournament. Gianna Kneepkens and Jenna Johnson became the first Utah players to earn this honor. The duo was the top two scorers for the Utes in the Tournament. Johnson or Kneepkens led the team in scoring in three of the four games.
• In the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament against Washington State, the Utes broke a Pac-12 record for most points scored in a quarter. The Utes came out on fire in the first quarter and scored 29 points.
• Utah has hit eight or more threes in 87 games under the direction of Lynne Roberts, going 63-25 in those games. Utah has made 8+ threes in 19 games this season, including 11 with 10+ (19 vs. Lipscomb, 11/10, 14 vs. Xavier, 11/13, 12 at Hawaii, 11/27, 16 vs. Eastern Illinois, 11/27, 12 vs. BYU, 12/4, 15 vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/10, 12 vs. UC Riverside, 11/14, 11 vs. #2/#3 Stanford, 1/16, 14 vs. USC 2/9, 10 at UCLA, 2/30, 15 vs. Arkansas, 3/18).
• For the first time in her career, sophomore Kelsey Rees picked up a double-double. She scored 11 points and had ten rebounds in the victory over Arkansas on March 18
• Sophomore Kennady McQueen shined against the Razorbacks in the first-round matchup of the NCAA Tournament. She led the Utes with 20 points in the game on 6-of-9 shooting. Her six made field goals were all three-pointers, which tied her career-high for made threes in a single game. She set the mark on Feb. 9 when they hosted Southern Cal in a Pac-12 matchup. The six threes by a single player were the second-most in an NCAA Tournament game for a Ute. Julie Krommenhoek set the record with eight made threes against Louisville on March 14, 1998.
• The Utes will be playing for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday. Utah has not been to the Sweet Sixteen since the 2006 season and has only been twice in program history. Utah went to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2006 and 2001 seasons. During the 2006 season, the Utes defeated Boston College, 57-54, to advance to the Elite Eight.
• Dru Gylten had a season's best 11 assists against the Razorbacks on March 18 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She was two off of her career-high 13, which she set last season against Montana State. Gylten entered the season at No. 10 on Utah's career assists list and moved to fourth this season. In her first NCAA Tournament game, Gylten dished out 11 assists which tied the Utah school record for an NCAA Tournament game. The last time a player had 11 assists in an NCAA Tournament game was on March 20, 2006, when Shona Thorburn had 11 against Arizona State.
• 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.
• For the seventh time this season and the first time since Feb. 9, the Utes scored 90 or more points in a contest. Utah scored 92 points in the first-round NCAA Tournament matchup against Arkansas on March 18. The 92 points for the Utes are the most in a single NCAA Tournament game in program history. The previous mark was set on March 20, 2006, when Utah scored 86 against Arizona State.
The Utah vs. Texas matchup winner will advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the Spokane Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
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