SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – True freshman aren’t supposed to have this big of an impact.
But Utes women’s basketball coach Lynne Roberts’ trust of freshmen Dru Gylton, Dre Edwards and Andrea Torres has paid off in a 12-0 start.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, if you’re going to help us win and get better, you’re going to play,” said Roberts, whose 12-0 start is the second best in school history. “So, if that’s a fifth year senior or a freshman walk-on, I don’t care. We knew they were talented when we recruited them, and it’s great to see them reach their potential.”
Senior Megan Huff leads the team in scoring at 19.8 points per game, but there’s no question the Utes would not be undefeated without this trio of freshmen.
“I mean, always as a freshman, you don’t really expect to play as many minutes as we think we do,” said Gylton, who is averaging 7.6 points and a team-leading 6.3 assists per game. “So, I wasn’t thinking I would play this much, but I knew I had the trust in the coaches that they would put me in the right position.”
Edwards, a forward from Las Vegas, has burst on the scene to average 12.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, knew she would have to make an impact right away.
“Honestly, I knew that when I came in, we were low on numbers. So, I knew I had to come in and contribute in some kind of way. So I just felt like whatever I do on the court, it’s for the team and not just for myself.
And all three players have already won Pac-12 freshman of the week honors.
“It feels amazing, it feels good,” said Torres, who won the award by scoring 18 points in the Utes Pac-12 opener against Colorado. “We had a lot of injuries on the team, so all these freshman were supposed to be ready to put everything on the court.
Even though they come from different backgrounds, Torres from Canada, Edwards from Las Vegas and Gylton from South Dakota, their chemistry couldn’t be better.
“I don’t think there is a day that we don’t enjoy each other,” Gylton said. “I think that shows on the court too, as we play as a team.”
As promising as this season is, the future looks even brighter with these freshmen leading the way.
“It could be really, really good,” Torres said. “I really have big hopes for this team.”
“These are going to be my sisters for life,” Edwards said. “I love them and I’m just excited for the ride.”
Utah hosts #22 Arizona State Friday night at the Huntsman Center.