Women's Basketball Continues Homestand Friday Against Utah Valley
The University of Utah women's basketball program continues a four-game homestand on Friday when they host in-state opponent Utah Valley at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. MT.
Date | Time: Friday, Nov. 11 | 1:30 p.m. (MT)
Utah (1-0) vs. Utah Valley (1-0)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah | Jon M. Huntsman Center
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GAME DAY PROMOTIONS
Come join us for our Military Appreciation game Friday November 11th at 1:30 p.m. It is FREE admission for those with active military IDs. We will be recognizing former & current military members. Be sure to stop by the marketing tables at door 1 and door 2 to get your doubleheader collectible cup if you have tickets for the men's game that night.
HOW TO TUNE IN
The game against Utah Valley will have a live video stream and live stats provided on UtahUtes.com. Fans can also tune into ESPN700 and listen to play-by-play announcer Tyson Ewing and analyst Milee Enger calling the shots.
Season tickets for the 2022-23 season are now available. Floor seats are priced at $100, while general admission tickets at $25. Call the Utah ticket office at 801-581-UTIX or visit www.UtahTickets.com.
• Sophomore Gianna Kneepkens was named to the Jersey Mike's Naismith Award Watch List. She is 1-of-50 players on the watch list.
• The Utes were picked to finish fifth in the Media and Coaches' Pac-12 Preseason Polls as voted on by the league media and coaches. This is the highest the Utes have been picked to finish since joining the league.
• Jenna Johnson and Teya Sidberry both collected a double-double in the win on Monday night. This was Johnson's third of her career and the first for Sidberry. Last season, the Utes collected four double-doubles on the season. Sidberry's double-double is one of five true freshmen to record a double-double in the first game of their collegiate career.
• Sophomore small forward Gianna Kneepkens was named to the Cheryl Miller Award Watch List. She is 1-of-20 small forwards named to the watch list.
• Junior Alissa Pili joins the Utes this season after transferring from USC. She was named to the Katrina McClain Award Watch List. She is 1-of-20 power forward to be named to this watch list. Before her sophomore season, Pili was named to this watch list.
• In the preseason Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll, the Utes are receiving votes. In the AP Poll, Utah received 35 points, the most by a receiving votes team, and in the coaches poll, the Utes earned 20 points.
HOME SWEET HUNTSMAN
The Utah Women's Basketball program has an 80-percent winning percentage when playing in Salt Lake City, holding an all-time record of 536-131. The Utes have nine seasons without a loss at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, also posting a 28-game home winning streak that lasted from Jan. 12, 1995, to Feb. 8, 1997.
Utah returns to action on Sunday evening when they host Southeastern Louisiana at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPN700 with Tyson Ewing and Milee Enger calling the shots, or you can find it on the Utah live stream. Live Stats can be found at UtahUtes.com.
• Last season, the Utes led the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 75.9 points per game. Utah scored 88 points in its first game of the year on Monday. Through one game, Utah is the third-best scoring team in the Pac-12 and 39th-best in the nation. Since the 2019-20 season, the Utes have scored 80 or more points in 18 games and are 16-2 in those games. This includes an 85-79 victory over No. 15 Oregon State on Dec. 8, 2020.
• Utah has hit eight or more threes in 86 games under the direction of Lynne Roberts, going 61-25 in those games. Utah had 25 games last season with 8+ made from downtown, including six games with 14+ (19 vs. Lipscomb, 11/10, 16 vs. Eastern Illinois, 11/28, 15 vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/10/21, 15 vs. Arkansas, 3/18, 14 vs. Xavier, 11/13, 14 vs. USC 2/9).
• The Utes had a 21-win season last year. This was the first time since 2018-19 and the 29th 20-win season in program history.
• Junior Alissa Pili made an immediate impact as she scored 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting. Her 27 points are the 6th most points scored by a player in their first game with a team dating back to the 1999-00 season.
• Utah collected 60 rebounds in the win over Idaho on Monday night. This was the first time the Utes had 60 or more rebounds in a single game since Nov. 14, 2014, when they collected 63 rebounds against San Jose State.
• Utah is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2011. This was the 18th trip in the program's history of making the NCAA Tournament, and they are looking for the 19th trip to the NCAA Tournament during the 2022-23 season. The school record for rebounds in a game is 74, which was set on Feb. 18, 1984, against Utah State.
• Gianna Kneepkens returns to the Utes this season. The reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year averaged 11.8 points per game as a freshman. She was just the second player in program history to earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors.
• The Utes had three players earn Preseason All-Conference honors. Kneepkens and Jenna Johnson were named to the Preseason All-Conference team, while Kennady McQueen earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors. All three return to the Utes this season.
• Sophomore Gianna Kneepkens scored in double-figures in 20 of the 34 career games she has played in. She scored 20 or more points in five games last season, including a career-high 29 points against rival BYU.
• Last season, Kennady McQueen hit three or more three-pointers in nine games. In the games she hit three or more, Utah went 7-2. She hit a career-high six threes twice, once against USC (2/9/22) and again in the NCAA Tournament against Arkansas (3/18/22).
• Utah's Dasia Young has scored 741 points in her career. She scored 229 points in her first year with Utah last season. She will look to break the 1,000-point mark this season.
FOLLOW THE UTES!
Fans can follow along during the 2022-23 season on social media (Twitter: @UtahWBB | Instagram: @UtahWBB | Facebook: Facebook.com/UtahWBB).