Oregon State hits the road for a two-game women’s basketball trip to the Mountain schools this weekend with the first stop in Salt Lake City to take on the surprising Utah Utes.
Tipoff Friday is 7 p.m.
Utah, under first-year coach Lynne Roberts, is off to a 12-5 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Pac-12 after winning just three conference games a season ago and finishing last.
The Utes are playing their first home game after four straight on the road and are 9-0 at home, including a won over Washintgon.
Utah is led by redshirt sophomore post Emily Potter, who is averaging 16. 4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Senior point guard Danielle Rodriguez is chipping in 9.1 points and 4.8 assists per game.
The Utes, who are also getting 13.2 and 8.8 from junior wing Paige Crozon, are averaging just over 70 points a game.
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“They are really playing well,” Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. “They’ve got a point guard that just doesn’t make mistakes that’s a veteran and they’ve got a low post player that is extremely effective offensively and defensively. If you have those two in place, you surround them with shooters on the outside and then you have a good scheme and you believe in it, you’re a tough team.
“Lynne Roberts is doing really just a great job in her first year. You can just tell watching they have complete buy in to what they’re doing. So that’s going to be a tough game Friday night no question.”
The Beavers (14-3, 5-1) will likely be without point guard Sydney Wiese for the ninth straight game as she heals from a hand injury. Wiese was not practicing on Wednesday.
Deven Hunter has provided a spark of late. She scored a game-high 19 points against Stanford and hit 5 of 7 3-pointers, a career high in makes and attempts. She was just 7 for 18 entering last Sunday’s game.
In her last four games, Hunter has made 17 of 29 shots and scored 44 points. In one of those games, she played just 12 minutes and had nine points against Oregon.
Jamie Weisner continues to lead the Beavers in scoring at 16.6 per game. Ruth Hamblin is at 11.4 and Gabby Hanson is coming in at 9.9, picking up some of the scoring lost by the absence of Wiese (12.9 per game).