Women’s Basketball Places Three on Preseason All-Conference Team
SAN FRANCISCO – The University of Utah women's basketball team placed three on Preseason All-Conference teams that are voted on by the Pac-12 Media members. Gianna Kneepkens, and Jenna Johnson earned Preseason All-Conference honors, while Kennady McQueen earned Preseason All-Conference honorable mention honors.
Kneepkens, a sophomore from Duluth, Minn., was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, becoming the second player in program history to earn this Pac-12 honor and the first since 2019. Besides making Freshman of the Year honors, she also earned First Team Pac-12 and All-Freshman Team honors. She earned Pac-12 All-Tournament honors following the Pac-12 tournament, one of two Utes in program history to earn this honor.
She came off the bench during her freshman season and scored a career-high 29 points against rival BYU. She shot 52 percent from the floor in the game. She appeared in 33 games while making 25 starts and averaged 23.7 minutes, 11.8 points, and 4.4 rebounds per game as a freshman.
She earned five Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors and scored in double figures 20 times as a freshman. During her freshman season, she led the team in scoring 11 times while making a three-pointer in 29-of-33 games, including hitting at least one three-pointer in 22 straight games. She shot 38.4 percent (56-for-146) on threes last season, the ninth-best mark in the Pac-12. She finished ninth in program history, hitting 87.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Johnson, a sophomore from Medina, Minn., earned All-Freshman honors. She was a three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honoree last season and finished with the fifth-best shooting percentage in the Pac-12, shooting 53.2 percent. Besides earning All-Freshman honors, Johnson earned Pac-12 All-Tournament honors, becoming the first Ute, along with her teammate, Kneepkens, to earn this honor.
She scored a career-high 27 points on 10 made field goals against Oregon on Feb. 26. She appeared in 31 games, all starts, and averaged 12.0 points, and 4.1 rebounds per game. She scored in double-figures in 17 games, including leading the team in scoring 11 times. She scored 20 or more points, seven times last season.
She had back-to-back double doubles against Cal State Fullerton (12/10) and Utah Valley (12/18), the first two double-doubles of her career. Against Utah Valley, she collected a career-high 14 rebounds, with nine on the offensive end. She finished sixth in the Pac-12 shooting 52.1 percent from the floor, and the eighth-best mark in school history.
McQueen, a sophomore from Henefer, Utah, is a Preseason All-Conference honorable mention selection. She was a Pac-12 Honorable Mention honoree following last season and was named to the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll.
She scored a career-high 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting against Southern Cal on Feb. 9 as she hit a career-high six three-pointers. She followed that up and tied her career-high with six made threes in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament against Arkansas.
She finished third in the Pac-12 and 123rd nationally in made three-pointers with 61. She also ranked eighth nationally and first in the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage, making 44.2 of her threes. She averaged 2.03 made three pointers per game, the sixth best mark in the Pac-12. McQueen scored in double-figures in 14 games while leading the team in scoring four times on the season. She also led the team with 33 steals.
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.
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