Women’s Basketball Preview #6/7: vs. Utah (NCAA Second Round)

Game 34: #6/7 Texas (27-6, 13-5 Big 12) vs. Utah (21-11, 8-7 PAC 12)

NCAA Tournament Second Round
Sunday, March 20, 2022 – 4:00 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,540) – Austin, TX


GameDay Quick Facts:
• TELEVISION: The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. Angel Gray (pxp) and Chelsea Gray (analyst) will call the action.
• RADIO: 105.3 The Bat broadcasts all UT games on the national network. Roger Wallace (pxp) and Kathy Harston (analyst) will call the action. See TexasSports.com for a list of affiliates offering the game.
• SERIES: Tied 1-1. Last meeting: Texas 60-56 (December 28, 1995; Austin, Texas)


Notable:

SECOND ROUND: Fresh off a 70-52 victory over Fairfield in its NCAA Tournament opener on Friday, the No. 6/7 and No. 2-ranked Texas women’s basketball team will seek to earn their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday afternoon as they take on No. 7 Utah inside the Frank Erwin Center. The Utes are coming off an impressive 92-69 victory over No. 11 Arkansas in their first-round game on Friday.


A LAST BEAT OF THE DRUM: Sunday’s game with the Utes will mark the final collegiate sporting event to be held inside the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns have called “The Drum” home since the 1977-78 season. Texas will move next season to the new Moody Center.


ERWIN CENTER POST-SEASON SUCCESS: Including Friday night’s 70-52 victory over Fairfield, Texas has won 7 straight NCAA Championship Tournament games at the Erwin Center since the 2015-16 tournament. Texas’ last loss was in 2009, 74-63 to San Diego State in the first round. Texas is 26-9 in all-time NCAA Championship Tournament games at the Erwin Center.


HARMON CHASING FRESHMAN RECORD: With 163 assists for the season, the Texas rookie point guard Rori Harmon enters Sunday’s game with just four assists to break the record for most assists in a single season. Terri Mack 1980-81 holds the record with 166 assists.


SCOUTING THE UTES: Utah enters Sunday’s game with one of the strongest offenses in the nation as they lead the PAC 12 conference and rank 16th in the NCAA with an average of 76.5 points per game . They also rank No. 1 in the PAC 12 and No. 7 nationally in three-point shooting averaging 9.6 triples per game.


The Utes are led offensively by PAC 12 Rookie of the Year Gianna Kneepkens, who is averaging 12.1 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from behind the arc. Jenna Johnson is the teams second-leading scorer with 11.9 points per game while Brynna Maxwell is averaging 10.8. Kelsey Rees is the team’s leading rebounder with 4.8 rebounds per game.


NEXT: If the Longhorns come out on top in Sunday’s tilt with the Utes, they would advance to the Sweet 16 Round which is scheduled to begin next Friday, March 25 in Spokane, Wash.

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