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Rick Nixon, | February 28, 2023

Utah is the NCAA women's basketball team of the week

Top 16 NCAA women's basketball seeds revealed Team of the Week, Utah enjoyed an historic week, first by claiming a share of its first-ever Pac-12 Conference regular season championship with a win over No. 3 Stanford, then by moving to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll on Monday. It is Utah’s best ranking ever in the historic poll.

The Utes, now 25-3 overall on the season and 15-3 in the Pac-12, dropped Stanford 84-78 at home on Saturday before 9,611 fans, the highest attendance the Utes have had in both the Pac-12 and in the Lynne Roberts era as head coach. It's the highest recorded attendance for Utah since 1993. The win over No. 3 Stanford was Utah’s highest-ever ranking win in school history.

Utah had three players score in double figures against the Cardinal, led by sophomore guard Gianna Kneepkens, who had a season-high 28 points. Kneepkens went 7-13 from the field and 5-9 from the three and added 9-12 from the free throw line. Alissa Pili had 14 points for the Utes and Kennady McQueen came away with 10. McQueen led Utah with four assists, a career-high six steals and added five rebounds. Dasia Young led Utah with six rebounds. 

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Utah started the week by rolling over California 101-86 on Feb. 23 at home as Pili led the way with 26 points, going 9-14 from the field and 7-7 from the free throw line. Jenna Johnson had a season-high game with 21 points going 10-14 from the field. McQueen grabbed a  game-high seven rebounds, while Issy Palmer and McQueen each dished out five assists. Utah shot 57 percent from the field, 42 percent from beyond the 3-point line, and 83 percent from the free throw line. Utah ended the game with 27 assists. The Utes outrebounded the Bears 39-24 and dominated inside, outscoring California 60-28 in the paint.

Utah will now await it first opponent in the upcoming 2023 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament to be held March 1-5 in Las Vegas. On March 2 the Utes will play the winner of the game between Washington State and California, with that game taking place on March 1.

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