After Another Impressive Showing, Utah Women’s Basketball Moves Into The AP Top 25

Nov 14, 2022, 3:11 PM
Kennady McQueen - Utah Utes - Texas Longhorns...
Kennady McQueen #24 of the Utah Utes grabs a rebound against the Texas Longhorns during the second round of the 2022 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament held at the Erwin Events Center on March 20, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rudy Gonzalez/NCAA Photos/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
(Photo by Rudy Gonzalez/NCAA Photos/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY-ย All it takes is winning and it seems that is all Lynne Roberts and Utah Women’s basketball is doing these days. The Utes took on Southeastern Louisiana Sunday night at the Huntsman Center and put on another show with a 99-62 victory where the team shot 17 three-point shots. The performance caught the eye of AP voters who penciled the Utes in at No. 25 in the latest poll.

This is the first time since February 4, 2019, that the women have been ranked and is yet another big milestone for Roberts who recently took the Utes to the Pac-12 Championship and their first NCAA Tournament in 11 years last season. Roberts and crew hope to reach those heights again and appear to be well on their way to doing so.

Utah Women’s Basketball AP Top 25 Performances

In Sunday’s contest, the Utes had seven different players contribute to their 17 made three-point shots. As a team, Utah was 53.1% behind the arc, while shooting 59.3% in the field.

Giana Kneepkens had a career night hitting five three-point shots and contributed 18 total points. Jenna Johnson, Kennady McQueen and Alissa Pili were also potent chipping in 20, 18 and 16 points as well.

McQueen was the team leader in rebounds with seven, while Inez Vieira had eight assists.

In their game on Friday against UVU, the Utes turned in a program record 30-forced turnovers on their way to a 97-27 victory.

Up Next

Utah women’s basketball will have a big test coming up on Wednesday as they prepare to host No. 15 Oklahoma at the Huntsman Center. Tipoff is set for 7 pm MT. The game will also be aired on the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk and Mary Murphey on the call.

The game against the Sooners will be the last home game for the Utes before they head out on their first road trip of the season to pay the Alabama Crimson Tide a visit in Tuscaloosa on November 21.


Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.โ€“12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports

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