The University of Utah’s Women’s Basketball Team is hard at work gearing up for the season. I stopped by the practice facility Monday afternoon to catch up with the team.
I snapped a couple of photos of the women as they practiced close out drills, and broke up into groups by position for more of a one-on-one focus.
Enjoy the photos and lookout for my feature stories on the team. Those will be coming soon.
Here’s the official press release from the U previewing the season a bit more:
SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah women’s basketball program announced its full 2017-18 schedule today after the Pac-12 schedule was released by the league office, featuring 14 games airing on the Pac-12 Networks.
Two of Utah’s home non-conference games will air on the Pac-12 Networks with games against Purdue (Nov. 20, 7 p.m. MT) and Saint Mary’s (Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m. MT) taking the national stage. Ten of Utah’s Pac-12 opponents this season saw action in the post-season last year, including seven in the NCAA Tournament.
The Utes start conference play with a pair of home games against Arizona on Dec. 29 (6 p.m.) and Arizona State on Dec. 31 (12 p.m.). Utah is a combined 12-4 against the teams from the Grand Canyon State when playing in Salt Lake City.
Utah hits the road on Jan. 5 to take on Washington State at 7 p.m. MT followed by a road contest at Washington on Jan. 7 at 12 p.m. MT, both airing on the Pac-12 Networks. The Utes are 7-2 against the Cougars on the road, including a 74-57 win in Pullman last season.
Utah returns to the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Friday, Jan. 12 when they take on UCLA at 8 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Networks), also hosting USC on Jan. 14 at 12 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Networks). On Jan. 19, Utah heads to Tempe for its second game of the season against Arizona State at 11 a.m. MT before taking on Arizona on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. MT on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Utes will have a three-game home stand starting on Jan. 26 when they host Oregon State at 6 p.m. MT, followed by the Ducks from Eugene on Jan. 28 (12 p.m. MT) and entering the month of February against Colorado on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. MT. All three games will be televised.
Utah then turns around on Feb. 4 to battle the Buffs in Boulder at 12 p.m. MT on the Pac-12 Networks. The all-time series between the two teams is tied 15-15, with the Utes splitting the series with Colorado last season.
Utah heads to California for a pair of games against Stanford (Feb. 9, 8 p.m. MT) and Cal (Feb. 11, 3 p.m. MT) before heading home for its final regular season home games against Washington State on Feb. 16 (7 p.m. MT) and Washington on Feb. 18 (2 p.m. MT). Both of Utah’s final home games will air on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Utes close out regular season play on the road at USC on Thursday, Feb. 22 (7 p.m. MT) and at UCLA on Saturday Feb. 24 (3 p.m. MT).
The Pac-12 Tournament will be held in Seattle’s KeyArena, March 1-4. Every game of the tournament will be broadcast live on either the Pac-12 Network or the ESPN family of networks.
Fans can go to UtahTickets.com or call 801-581-UTIX for season tickets. Follow along with the action this season at UtahUtes.com, or on social media (Twitter: @UTAHWBB, Instagram: @UTAHWBB, Facebook: Search Utah Women’s Basketball).