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Women's Basketball Picked Fifth In Pac-12 Preseason Polls

Oct 25, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO – The University of Utah women's basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the Media and Coaches' Pac-12 Preseason Polls as voted on by the leagues Media and Coaches.
 
This is the highest the Utes have been picked to finish since joining the league. Utah earned its first ever first place vote in the coaches' poll and tallied 84 points, while they earned 226 points in the Media Poll.
 
Under the direction of head coach Lynne Roberts, the 2022-23 season Utah brings back eight players from last year's squad, including Isabel Palmer, Gianna Kneepkens, Kennady McQueen, Jenna Johnson, Inês Vieira, Dasia Young, Kelsey Rees and Peyton McFarland.
 
Utah will have five new faces to the team in 2022-23 as Alissa Pili joins the squad from USC. Néné Sow comes to Utah after two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Freshmen Lani White, Naya Ojukwu and Teya Sidberry round out the newcomers.
 
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).  
 

Coaches' Preseason Poll Media Preseason Poll
Rk. Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Rk. Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Stanford (11) 121 1. Stanford (28) 336
2. Oregon 101 2. Arizona 291
3. Arizona 100 3. Oregon 275
4. UCLA 91 4. UCLA 237
5. Utah (1) 84 5. Utah 226
6. Oregon State 62 6. Oregon State 181
7. Washington State 61 7. Washington State 170
8. Colorado 55 8. Colorado 145
9. USC 50 9. USC 105
10. Washington 28 10. Washington 78
11. California 21 11. California 71
12. Arizona State 18 12. Arizona State 69

 
 
Up Next 
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 
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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