Oregon State will get back on the road this weekend, traveling to Utah and Colorado. The team is still looking for their first road win of their conference schedule, having dropped both games against the Southern California schools, as well as the Civil War game in Eugene.
The Utah game is set for Friday, January 26th, and tip off is 5:00 pm. You can watch the game on PAC-12 Oregon, or listen to it on Oregon State All Access. Oregon State’s Women’s Basketball twitter account will also keep you updated. Let’s check out the Utes.
Utah (unranked, 14-5 overall, 5-3 in PAC-12)
Utah is coming off victories at both Arizona schools, and currently has the same record as Oregon State both overall and in PAC-12 play. Utah has not cracked the top 25 yet this season, but after a couple of good wins, including over 22nd ranked Arizona State, they’ve started receiving some votes.
The Utes currently have the third best scoring in the PAC-12, behind Oregon and Oregon State, and that offense is led by forward Megan Huff. The Redshirt Junior is averaging 13.7 points per game. Utah runs a very balanced offense though, forwards Daneesha Provo and Emily Potter add 13.3 and 11.8 points per game, respectively. Freshman guard Tori Williams is also starting to emerge as a scoring threat, totaling 15 and 10 points in the games against Arizona and Arizona State, respectively.
Utah is looking to make a statement that they’re ready to compete in the conference. In her third year, coach Lynne Roberts is working to get Utah back to an NCAA tournament level, which the Utes haven’t made since 2011.
The Oregon State team we’ve seen at Gill Coliseum has been very different from the one that’s played on the road. Their away games have tended to feature cold shooting, and a ridiculous amount of turnovers. Utah doesn’t boast the turnover margin of the other teams that have given the Beavers trouble on the road; I think if they can keep those in check, Oregon State gets out of Salt Lake with a close win.