If preseason prognostications are correct, the Utah women's basketball team will be fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth when March rolls around.
On Thursday, the Utes were picked to finish seventh in the conference at Pac-12 media day. It's a sign of respect for Utah that Anthony Levrets' program has been forcasted to place that high. Senior center Taryn Wicijowski is out for the season with a torn ACL, and she's one of the top post players in the league.
But the return of senior forward Michelle Plouffe carries weight for the Utes. A preseason all-conference and all-american selection, Plouffe is one of the best all-around players in the Pac-12. Utah returns point guard Danielle Rodriguez a starter last year as a freshman and the Utes bring in a talented recruiting class.