Women’s Basketball Heads to Pac-12 Media Day
SALT LAKE CITY – Women's basketball head coach Lynne Roberts and student-athletes Kennady McQueen and Gianna Kneepkens from the University of Utah will represent the Utes at the 2022 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Media Day on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in San Francisco, Calif.
The day will be filled with photo shoots, press conferences, TV segments and interviews all from the Pac-12 headquarters in downtown San Francisco.
Utah fans can follow the action on Tuesday through Twitter (@UtahWBB, @Pac12, @Pac12Network), Instagram (@UtahWBB, @pac12conference) and on Facebook (search Utah Women's Basketball and Pac-12 Conference). Fans will also be able to search hashtags #GoUtes, and #Pac12WBB for content during the event.
Coaches and two student-athletes from each Pac-12 program are set to take part, and the Conference announced today the student-athletes who will represent their teams at the season's kickoff event.
Coverage of Basketball Media Days will be available across Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12 Insider, Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app. Commissioner George Kliavkoff is set to begin each day at 10 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. MT and will be joined on stage by Deputy Commissioner Teresa Gould, Senior Associate Commissioner Lisa Peterson and Associate Commissioner Rhonda Lundin Bennett on Tuesday, and Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Jamie Zaninovich on Wednesday.
All 12 conference teams will be featured in the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Media Day show, set to air on Pac-12 networks starting at 1 p.m. MT. Press conferences will also be livestreamed on Pac-12.com and on the Pac-12 Now App. The Utes will have their Press conference happen at 12 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Insider and will be on the Media Day Show on the Pac-12 Network at 3 p.m. MT. The complete schedule can be seen by clicking here.
Pac-12 Insider is the free broadband streaming channel from Pac-12 Networks, giving all fans access to over 100 live events, the latest football and basketball highlights, classic encores across top sports and in-depth stories that showcase the heart and soul of Pac-12 student-athletes, coaches and legends. Pac-12 Insider is available on Pac-12.com as well as nine partner platforms, including Local Now, Redbox, Samsung TV Plus, Sportstribal, Sling, The Roku Channel, Vizio, Tubi and Xumo, and more information can be found here.
In the preseason AP Top 25, the Utes received 35 points in the poll, the most by a receiving votes team.
Utah brings back eight players from last year's squad, including 2021-22 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Gianna Kneepkens. Kneepkens was also a First Team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Freshman honoree. She finished the season averaging 11.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Also returning are Kennady McQueen and Jenna Johnson. McQueen was a Pac-12 honorable mention, and she averaged 9.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Johnson was a Pac-12 All-Freshman team selection, as she averaged 12.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
The Utes welcome in transfer Alissa Pili to the mix. Pili, who transferred from Southern California, is in her first year as a Ute. In three seasons with Southern California, Pili appeared in 63 games and was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year following the 2019-20 season.
Freshmen Lani White, Naya Ojukwu, and Teya Sidberry join the Utes this season. White joins the Utes from Irvine, Calif., and was a member of the Mater Dei HS women's basketball team. She was a Second Team All-State selection following the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Ojukwu comes to the Utes from Mountain View HS in Meridian, Idaho. She was named the 2020-21 Idaho Gatorade Player of the year and 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho Player of the Year. Sidberry, an SLC native, joins the Utes after a successful four-year career at Judge Memorial HS that saw her break the Utah women's basketball career scoring record.
During the 2021-22 season, head coach Lynne Roberts led the Utes to a 21-win season for the first time since 2018-19 and the 29th 20-win season in program history. The Utes advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 after making an incredible run in the Pac-12 tournament, winning three games in three nights to earn a spot in the championship game for the first time in program history.
Utah was the highest-scoring team in the Pac-12 (17th NCAA), averaging 75.9 points per game, which is the fourth-highest figure in school history and the highest since 1980-81. Utah also led the Pac-12 in three-pointers made (7th NCAA; school-record 312), three-point attempts (7th NCAA; 876), assists per game (39th NCAA; 15.3), free throws made (18th NCAA; 469), and free throw attempts (43rd NCAA; 602).
The Utes will open the season on Thursday, Oct. 27, with their fifth annual Future-Scholars game against Northwest Nazarene, with tip happening at 11 a.m. from the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Season tickets for the 2022-23 season are now available. Floor seats are priced at $100, while general admission tickets at $25. With you, we can reach our goal of 2,022 season tickets! The Utes also have a season ticket package with the Crimson Craze. For $50, you can get the premium Crimson Craze Packet, which comes with a Crimson Craze T-Shirt, exclusive program newsletter, and pre-game chalk talks for Pac-12 games, plus one GA season ticket. Call the Utah ticket office at 801-581-UTIX or visit www.UtahTickets.com.
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