The Utah Utes (11-0) women’s basketball team will take their perfect record on the road to the No. 10 UCLA Bruins (9-2) at Paulie Pavilion tonight at 8:00 p.m. MDT. Utah’s 11-0 start ties for the best start in program history, but to break the record, they will have to knock off a UCLA team that only has losses at No. 3 Baylor and at No. 6 South Carolina. Utah is 3-10 all-time against UCLA in basketball. Utah has yet to beat UCLA as a member of the Pac-12.
The Utes are led by junior forward Emily Potter. The 6’ 6” forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada continues Utah’s pipeline of great women’s basketball players from the Great White North. She topped 1,000 career points earlier this season. She is third in the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage at 60%. She has recorded si double-doubles in Utah’s 11 games on the season and is averaging a double-double with 17.3 points and 10.8 rebounds (which is second in the Pac-12) per game. Junior wings Malia Nawahine (12.4) and Tanaeya Boclair (11.4) are also both averaging over 10 points per game for the Utes.
UCLA is led by junior All-American point guard Jordin Canada. She has six career triple-doubles, recording her most recent on Nov. 18 against Southern. Junior forward Monique Billings is an excellent shot blockers, with 126 career blocks.
Despite being undefeated, Utah is unranked. They are receiving votes in the AP poll (4) and the Coaches poll (6) though. A win over the top 10 Bruins would likely cause the Utes to shoot up in the polls.
While the game is not on television, you can stream it on utahutes.com. You can also find live stats updates on utahutes.com as well. If you prefer listening to the game, Tyson Ewing will be covering the game for ESPN700.