Utah women's basketball: Utes face Washington in Pac-12 tournament

By Deseret News

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, March 5 2014 7:06 p.m. MST

Utah's Michelle Plouffe splits the defense of Courtney Range and Brittany Boyd as Utah and California play Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. California won 68-59.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SEATTLE — Utah takes on Washington in the first round of the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament. The 11th-seeded Utes (11-18, 4-14) and sixth-seeded Huskies (17-12, 10-8) square off in the late game Thursday (9:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) at KeyArena.

The winner takes on third seed Oregon State Friday night in the quarterfinals.

In conference play this season, Washington edged Utah twice by one point. The Huskies prevailed 53-52 in overtime on Jan. 17 in Seattle and 67-66 in the Huntsman Center on Feb. 16.

“We’ve been good enough to compete, but we haven’t been good enough to finish,” Utah coach Anthony Levrets said in the Pac-12 teleconference earlier in the week. “Hopefully we do things we did against Washington just a little bit better.”

The Utes, who have lost eight of their last nine games, are led by senior forward Michelle Plouffe. The all-conference honoree is averaging 18.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Forward Emily Potter was named to the conference’s all-freshman team. She’s averaging 10.4 points and 1.4 blocks.

Utah is 1-2 in the Pac-12 tournament. Last year, the Utes defeated Arizona 66-48 before falling to UCLA 54-43 in the quarterfinals. In 2012, they dropped a 67-54 decision to Colorado in the first round.

Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament

KeyArena, Seattle

All times Mountain

Thursday’s games No. 8 UCLA vs. No. 9 Colorado, 1 p.m. (P12N) No. 5 USC vs. No. 12 Arizona, 3:30 p.m. (P12N). No. 7 Washington State vs. No. 10 Oregon, 7 p.m. (P12N) No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah, 9:30 p.m. (P12N)

Friday’s games No. 1 Stanford vs. Winner of 8/9, 1 p.m. (P12N)

No. 4 Arizona State vs. Winner of 5/12, 3:30 p.m. (P12N) No. 2 California vs. Winner of 7/10, 7 p.m. (P12N) No. 3 Oregon State vs. Winner of 6/11, 9:30 p.m. (P12N)

Saturday’s games Winner of Stanford/TBD vs. Winner of ASU/TBD, 7 p.m. (P12N) Winner of Cal/TBD vs. Winner of OSU/TBD, 9:30 p.m. (P12N)

Sunday’s game Championship, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

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