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Women's basketball: Utah Valley seeks upset of Utah

Published December 28, 2011 8:27 am

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No doubt, the Utah women's basketball team is focused on its Pac-12 opener Saturday.

Utah Valley, looking for any edge, seeks to upset a preoccupied Ute team Wednesday before opening Pac-12 play against Colorado at 7 p.m. in nonconference action Saturday in the Huntsman Center.

Utah (6-4) and Utah Valley (6-5) have played three times since UVU moved into Division I in 2003-04. Utah has won all three meetings, including a 65-30 win two seasons ago and a double-overtime victory in 2006, 70-68.

"I am really pleased with the way we played heading into Christmas break, and we need to make another improvement in the couple of days we have after Christmas and getting closer to conference," Utah coach Anthony Levrets said. "We need to make sure we get better in all phases as we get closer to conference and against a quality opponent like Utah Valley."

Utah Valley is 6-5 on the season. Utah and UVU have three common opponents this season, with both teams defeating Idaho State and Weber State. The Utes defeated Southern Utah to open their season, while the Wolverines fell to the Thunderbirds on Nov. 30.

Utah put on a dominant performance against New Mexico State in their last outing in a 74-37 victory, with Michelle Plouffe recording her fifth double-double of the season. Utah is on a two-game winning streak and has won four of its last five games.

"Utah Valley is a very well-coached team and they are sound at both ends of the floor," Levrets said.