Go Utes!
Go Utes!
Jan. 6, 1998

Nationally Ranked Utes Host BYU

 
Game #12
(#22) Utah Utes vs. Brigham Young Cougars
Jan. 10 * 3:07 p.m. * Salt Lake City * KJZZ-TV
Utah Probable Line-Up:
Pos.No. Name                Ht. Yr. Hometown            Statistics
G   10  Alli Bills          5-7 Sr. Sandy, Utah         11.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 8.9 apg
G   33  Julie Krommenhoek   5-9 Sr. American Fork, Utah 21.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.6 apg
C   44  Kristi Rose         6-4 So. Palmdale, Calif.    8.5 ppg,  6.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg
F   11  Amy Alcorn          5-8 Sr. Oregon City, Ore.   2.8 ppg,  1.1 rpg
F   35  Laura Ross Allen    6-2 Sr. Sparks, Nev.        5.5 ppg,  4.6 rpg
or  42  Angie Thill         6-0 Sr. Belt, Mont.         13.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg

Off The Bench:
Pos.    No. Name                    Ht.     Yr. Hometown            Statistics
G       14  Rosie Shelley           5-9     Jr. American Fork, Utah 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
F       15  Lindsay Sodja           6-1     Fr. Taylorsville, Utah  2.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
F       21  Kristina Anderson       6-1     Fr. Eugene, Ore.        3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
G       22  Tiana Fuertes           5-3     So. Honolulu, Hawaii    1.4 ppg, 1.1 apg
F/G     24  Amy Ewert               6-0     Fr. Vancouver, B.C.     2.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
G       25  ReShawnda Richardson    5-7     So. Long Beach, Calif.  1.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg
G       30  Janna Whitman           5-10    So. Magna, Utah         0.3 ppg. 0.3 rpg

GAME DATA: Utah (11-0, 2-0 WAC), ranked 22nd by both USA Today/ESPN and A.P., concludes a four-game home stand when it hosts Brigham Young (5-7, 0-2 WAC) on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

ON TELEVISION: KJZZ-TV (Ch. 14, TCI Cable 3) in Salt Lake City will televise the game live. Steve Brown (play-by-play) and Frank Layden (color) call the action.

ON RADIO: KALL-910 AM, the flagship station of the Utah Sports Network, will broadcast the game live with Sports Director Brad Stone (play-by-play) and former Ute Reggie Wright-Jewkes (color) calling the action. Each broadcast begins with a 15-minute pregame show and concludes with The Elaine Elliott Postgame Show.

A QUICK LOOK AT UTAH: The Utes, 11-0 overall and off to the best start in school history, are in a three-way tie for first place in the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division with a 2-0 record. Utah began defense of its WAC Mountain Division title with two wins at home last week, defeating UTEP, 70-58, on Thursday and New Mexico, 57-48, on Saturday. Senior guard and All-America candidate Julie Krommenhoek leads the Utes in scoring with an average of 21.5 points per game. Krommenhoek is also averaging a team-best 3.4 three-pointers per game and is shooting 43.0 percent from three-point range. Senior point guard and postseason honors candidate Alli Bills leads the team in assists (8.9 apg) and is third in scoring (11.7 ppg).

Senior forward Angie Thill, who is questionable for the Brigham Young game after suffering a knee injury against Idaho on Dec. 29, is the team leader in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and is second in scoring (13.3 ppg). Sophomore center Kristi Rose is fourth in scoring (8.5 ppg), second in rebounds (6.7 rpg) and first in blocked shots (2.1 bpg). Utah is outscoring the opposition 69.6 to 53.0 points per game and has a 36.4 to 34.3 advantage in rebounding. The Utes are shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from three-point range and 73.1 percent from the free throw line.

IN THE POLLS: Utah moved into the Top 25 in both the USA Today/ESPN and Associated Press polls for the first time in school history this week. The undefeated Utes (11-0) are ranked 22nd by A.P. with 127 votes, moving up from 26th last week. Utah is also ranked No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN poll with 212 points, moving up from 25th last week. The highest Utah had been ranked in any previous season was 27th by A.P. on Dec. 4, 1995. The highest any Western Athletic Conference team has climbed in the polls was when San Diego State was ranked 21st by A.P. during the 1994-95 season.

KROMMENHOEK NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Julie Krommenhoek was named the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division Player of the Week on Monday. It was the second time she has been honored with the award this season. In three wins last week, Krommenhoek averaged 22.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game. The American Fork, Utah, native also shot 25-of-49 (.510) from the field, 9-of-22 (.409) from three-point range and 8-of-12 (.667) from the free throw line.

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Angie Thill.

FROM THE TRAINING ROOM: Senior forward Angie Thill is questionable for the Brigham Young game after suffering a patellar dislocation in her left knee in the second half against Idaho on Dec. 29. Thill missed both the UTEP and New Mexico games last week. Sophomore forward Lori Red will sit out this season with a medical redshirt and return next season with three years of eligibility remaining.

HOOPS U.: Entering this week, the University of Utah is the only NCAA Division I athletics program to have both an undefeated women's and men's basketball team. The Utah men's team is 12-0 and ranked No. 3 in both this week's USA Today/ESPN and A.P. polls.

COMING UP: Utah leaves the friendly confines of the Jon M. Huntsman Center for its first two Western Athletic Conference road games of the season. The Utes face Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., on Jan. 15 (Thur.) at 7:00 p.m. and Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo., on Jan. 18 (Sun.) at 2:00 p.m.

UTAH VS. BRIGHAM YOUNG PREVIEW

SCOUTING THE COUGARS: Brigham Young is 5-7 overall and tied for sixth place in the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division with an 0-2 record. Last weekend, BYU opened WAC play with losses to New Mexico, 67-64, and UTEP, 63-61, at home. Senior 5-10 forward Barbi Charmichael ranks 11th in the WAC with an average of 15.0 points per game and leads the team in rebounds (5.0). She is also shooting 43.6 percent (17-for-39) from three-point range. Senior 5-10 guard Kari Gallup is 13th in the conference in scoring with 14.5 points per contest. She also ranks eighth in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.379) and ninth in three-pointers per game (1.8). Gallup and 5-5 junior guard Amanda Covington lead the Cougars in assists (3.5). Brigham Young has been outscored 69.6 to 68.5 points per game, but has a 36.4 to 34.9 advantage on the boards. The Cougars are shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three-point range and 70.4 percent from the free throw line.

COUGAR HEAD COACH TRENT SHIPPEN... has a 5-7 record in his first season as a Division I collegiate head coach. Shippen spent the past three years at Ricks College, where he compiled a 71-26 (.732) record and a fifth-place finish in the National Junior College Tournament in 1994-95. He graduated from Colorado State in 1990 after playing two seasons for the Rams.

SERIES NOTES: Utah leads the all-time series with Brigham Young, 41-20, and has a 21-4 record in games played in Salt Lake City. The Utes have won nine consecutive games from BYU. The two teams have met twice during the regular season and also in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in each of the past three seasons.

LAST MEETING: Trailing by four points at halftime, Utah came from behind to defeat Brigham Young, 58-54, in its opening game of the 1997 Western Athletic Conference Tournament on March 5 in Las Vegas, Nev. It was the third-consecutive year that the Utes knocked the Cougars out of the WAC Tournament in the quarterfinals. Julie Krommenhoek nailed a three-pointer with 4:08 remaining to put Utah ahead, 54-52. Krommenhoek made 3-of-4 free throws and Alli Bills made 1-of-2 to hold off BYU in the final 1:14. Krommenhoek scored a game-high 19 points, going 9-for-10 from the line and 2-for-5 from three-point range. The Cougars outshot Utah, 40.4 to 32.1 percent.

UTAH TEAM NOTES

RECORD-SETTING START TO SEASON: Utah, 11-0 following three wins last week, is off to the best start in school and Western Athletic Conference history. The Utes' previous all-time best start was 6-0 during the 1976-77 season. Utah went 5-0 to begin the 1988-89 campaign. The all-time best start to a season by a WAC team was 9-0 by New Mexico last season.

UTES CLOSING IN ON THIRD-LONGEST WINNING STREAK: With a win over Brigham Young on Saturday, Utah will equal the third-longest winning streak in school history. The Utes won 12 games from Dec. 20, 1996 through Feb. 6, 1997 and from Jan. 20 through March 3, 1989. The longest winning streak in both Utah and Western Athletic Conference history is 18 games. The Utes set the school record during the 1976-77 season and San Diego State established the conference mark in 1994-95.

HOME SWEET HOME: Utah has won all five of its home games this season and seven in a row dating back to last season. The Utes' last loss at the Jon M. Huntsman Center was on Feb. 8 to Colorado State, 79-68, in triple overtime. The Utes have won 35 of last 36 home games since a loss to Western Athletic Conference rival San Diego State on Jan. 12, 1995.

    WAC Standings
    Mountain Division   WAC Pct.    Overall Pct.
1.  Utah                2-0 1.00    11-0    1.00
    Colorado State      2-0 1.00    11-1    .917
    Wyoming             2-0 1.00     5-6    .455
4.  New Mexico          1-1 .500    11-3    .786
    UTEP                1-1 .500     6-5    .545
6.  Air Force           0-2 .000     5-7    .417
    Brigham Young       0-2 .000     5-7    .417
    UNLV                0-2 .000    1-12    .077

Pacific Division        WAC Pct.    Overall Pct.
1.  Hawai'i             2-0 1.00    11-1    .917
    SMU                 2-0 1.00     9-3    .750
3.  Rice                1-1 .500     8-4    .667
    TCU                 1-1 .500    10-3    .769
    Fresno State        1-1 .500     6-7    .462
    San Diego State     1-1 .500     5-6    .455
7.  San Jose State      0-2 .000     4-9    .308
    Tulsa               0-2 .000     3-8    .273
THIS WEEK
January 6 (Tuesday)
Tulsa at North Texas, 7:00

January 8 (Thursday)
*Wyoming at UTEP, 6:00
*Colorado State at New Mexico, 7:00
*SMU at Fresno State, 7:00
*TCU at San Jose State, 7:30

January 10 (Saturday)
*Rice at Tulsa, 2:00
*UNLV at Air Force, 2:00
*Brigham Young at Utah, 3:00
*Colorado State at UTEP, 6:00
*TCU at Fresno State, 7:00
*San Diego State at Hawai`i, 7:00
*SMU at San Jose State, 7:30

January 11 (Sunday)
Wyoming at New Mexico, 2:00 (Fox Sports)
USA TODAY/ESPN Poll
(Released Jan. 5)
    Rk. School
    1.  Tennessee (59)  
    2.  Old Dominion (1)    
    3.  Connecticut 
    4.  Louisiana Tech
    5.  Vanderbilt  
    6.  Texas Tech  
    7.  North Carolina
    8.  Washington
    9.  Virginia
    10. Arizona
    11. Illinois    
    12. Wisconsin
    13. North Carolina State    
    14. Florida 
    15. Stanford    
    16. Nebraska    
    17. SW Missouri State
    18. Georgia 
    19. Western Kentucky    
    20. Auburn  
    21. Florida International   
    22. Utah
    23. Duke    
    24. Tulane  
    25. Purdue

Others: 27. Hawai'i, 29. Colorado State
A.P. Poll
(Released Jan. 5)
    Rk. School                     
    1.  Tennessee (38)
    2.  Old Dominion
    3.  Connecticut 
    4.  Louisiana Tech
    5.  Texas Tech  
    6.  Vanderbilt
    7.  Washington
    8.  North Carolina  
    9.  Virginia
    10. Arizona 
    11. Illinois
    12. Florida
    13. SE Missouri St.
    14. Stanford
    15. Wisconsin
    16. Nebraska
    17. North Carolina St.
    18. Auburn
    19. W. Kentucky
    20. Georgia
    21. Florida International
    22. Utah
    23. Purdue
    24. Tulane
    25. Duke

Others: 27. Arkansas, 28. Colorado State
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Utah Head Coach Elaine Elliott.

HEAD COACH ELAINE ELLIOTT... is the winningest coach in Utah women's basketball history. Elliott, now in her 15th season as Utah's head coach after spending four years as an assistant coach at the U., could record her 300th career victory this season. Elliott has 292-127 career record and a 140-38 mark in conference games entering this weekend. Her number of career wins and winning percentage (.697) is the best of any coach in the Western Athletic Conference. Her coaching tenure is also the longest among the league coaches. She has had nine 20-win seasons and three 19-win campaigns, averaging 20 wins in the 14 previous years at the U. Elliott was named the WAC Mountain Division Coach of the Year last season after guiding Utah to the Mountain Division title. Utah won the WAC regular-season title under Elliott in 1995-96 and the WAC Tournament championship in 1995. Elliott has coached teams to a total of four regular-season conference crowns (1986, 87, 89, 96), one divisional title (1997) and four league tournament championships (1989, 90, 91, 94). Seven of her teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament (1986, 89, 90, 91, 95, 96, 97).

The Elliott ERA

Year    Overall Pct.    WAC     Pct.    Finish
1983-84 19-12   .613    9-3     .750    2nd-T
1984-85 16-12   .571    8-4     .667    2nd-T
1985-86 21-8    .724    11-1    .917    1st
1986-87 20-7    .741    10-2    .833    1st-T
1987-88 19-9    .679    9-1     .900    2nd
1988-89 24-6    .800    9-1     .900    1st
1989-90 20-10   .667    6-4     .600    3rd
1990-91 20-10   .667    9-3     .750    2nd
1991-92 22-8    .733    10-4    .714    3rd
1992-93 19-10   .655    9-5     .643    2nd-T
1993-94 12-14   .462    9-5     .643    3rd
1994-95 23-7    .767    12-2    .857    2nd
1995-96 21-8    .724    12-2    .857    1st-T
1996-97 25-6    .806    15-1    .938    *1st
1997-98 11-0    1.00    2-0     1.00
Totals  292-127 .697    140-38  .787
*Denotes Division Finish    

ELLIOTT ELABORATES: On the win over New Mexico - "Big players make big plays. We did a nice job of executing in the last two or three minutes. We got outrebounded and our inside play, with the exception of Kristina Anderson coming up in the second half, wasn't very good. But Rosco (Laura Ross Allen) pulled some big boards late and our senior guards made some big plays. I can't take credit for those. Those are player's plays. We found a way to win."

On playing Brigham Young - "These intrastate games are always something to watch. It doesn't matter who's favored or what the records are. Both teams will come in prepared for a battle on Saturday."

KROMMENHOEK SECOND IN CAREER SCORING: Senior guard Julie Krommenhoek continues to climb the Utah and Western Athletic Conference career charts, solidifying herself as one of the all-time best players in both school and conference history. Krommenhoek moved into second place in career scoring at Utah and third in the WAC last week. With 1,778 points entering Saturday's game, Krommenhoek needs 297 more points to take over the career scoring mark at Utah. She needs just five points to take over second place and 70 more to claim the top spot in the WAC.

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Julie Krommenhoek.

Krommenhoek already tops the Utah and WAC career charts for three-point field goals made (301) and attempted (695), and owns the top three single-season marks in both three-point categories. She set school and conference single-season records last season with 103 three-pointers made and 233 attempted. The American Fork, Utah, native has also already set the all-time steals mark at Utah (224) and ranks fifth in the WAC.

KROMMENHOEK SHOOTING FOR ALL-AMERICA HONORS ONCE AGAIN: Julie Krommenhoek, a Kodak honorable mention All-American the past two seasons and a District VII All-American in '94-95, is once again one of the top players in the country in '97-98. Through the first 11 games, Krommenhoek has already had six 20-point games. She missed her career high by two with a season-best 33 points against No. 24 Arkansas on Dec. 21, going 11-for-19 from the field and 6-for-9 from three-point range. She also had 29 points against UTEP on Jan. 1 and at Idaho State on Dec. 9., and tossed in 25 against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 5. Krommenhoek has scored in double figures in every game, averaging 3.4 three-pointers per game to rank eighth in the nation. She is also shooting 43.0 percent from behind the arc.

BILLS UTAH CAREER ASSISTS LEADER: Senior point guard Alli Bills became the Utes' all-time leader in assists, dishing out 10 against Kansas State on Dec. 6 in the championship game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic. Bills now has 498 career assists in essentially two and a two-thirds seasons after missing the last 20 games of her sophomore year with a torn ACL. She took over first place from Karen Alcorn (1988-92), who had 440 career assists. Bills is averaging 8.9 assists over 11 games this season to rank second in the NCAA.

The Sandy, Utah, native is second in the Western Athletic Conference career assists needing 26 more to take over the top spot from Dee Dee Dominguez of Colorado State (1993-96).

Bills also owns two of the top three single-season assists totals in school history. She dished out 160 assists, the third-most in the Utah record books, as a freshman in 1994-95. Bills ranked first in the nation with 7.6 assists per game in 1996-97, recording a school record 213 on the season.

BILLS CONTENDING FOR POSTSEASON AWARDS: Alli Bills has had a solid first one-third of her final season as a Ute. Bills has posted three double-doubles, most recently getting 11 points and 10 assists against No. 24 Arkansas on Dec. 21. She also posted 15 points and 11 assists against UC Irvine on Nov. 28 and 10 points and 10 assists, to go along with seven rebounds, against Kansas State on Dec. 6. Bills has scored in double figures in nine of the first 11 games. She has had double-figure assists in four games and posted a season-high 12 against Idaho on Dec. 29.

Bills, who was named to the Western Athletic Conference all-defensive team in 1996-97, posted 10 assists or more seven times last season. She had the first triple-double in school history against Colorado State on Feb. 26, with 13 points, a career-best 14 rebounds and 10 assists. She narrowly missed her second career triple-double against UTEP in Jan. 1 with 15 points, nine assists and nine rebounds.

NCAA INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS (Released Dec. 16):
* National Statistics will be released again on Jan. 6.
Scoring Julie Krommenhoek   45th (19.4)
Assists Alli Bills  2nd (8.4)
3-Point Field Goals Julie Krommenhoek   8th (3.1)
NCAA TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS (Released Dec. 16):
* National Statistics will be released again on Jan. 6.
Scoring Defense 4th (52.6)
Free Throw Percentage   9th (75.7)
3-Point FG Percentage   19th (39.2)
WAC TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS (Released Jan. 5):
Scoring 7th (69.6)  Rebounds    14th (36.4)
Scoring Defense 1st (53.0)  Opponents' Rebounds 1st (34.3)
Scoring Margin  3rd (16.6)  Rebound Margin  6th (2.1)
Field Goal Percentage   3rd (46.7)  Blocks  4th (3.3)
Field Goal Pct. Defense 3rd (36.7)  Steals  10th (9.6)
3-Point FG Percentage   1st (40.7)  Turnover Margin 5th (-3.5)
3-Point FG Per Game 3rd (6.0)   Free Throw Percentage   2nd (73.1)  
WAC INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS (Released Jan. 5):
 
Scoring Julie Krommenhoek   2nd (21.5)
        Angie Thill 17th (13.3)
Field Goal Percentage   Angie Thill 2nd (56.6)
                        Julie Krommenhoek   13th (46.2)
3-Point Percentage      Julie Krommenhoek   4th (43.0)
Free Throw Percentage   Julie Krommenhoek   8th (76.3)
Rebounds    Angie Thill 7th (8.2)
            Kristi Rose 18th (6.7)
Assists         Alli Bills  1st (8.9)
Blocked Shots   Kristi Rose 2nd (2.1)
Steals          Julie Krommenhoek   5th (3.5)
                Alli Bills  11th (2.7)
3-Point Field Goals Julie Krommenhoek   1st (3.4)

UTES UPEND TWO NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS FROM A YEAR AGO: Utah's non-conference schedule was highlighted by two match-ups against NCAA Tournament teams from last year. Utah defeated Kansas State, 68-57, on Dec. 6 in the championship game of KSU's tournament. The Wildcats, members of the Big 12 Conference, were a 10th seed in the NCAA East Region last year with a 19-11 record. Utah also beat Montana, 65-52, on Dec. 13 in Missoula, Mont. The Lady Griz earned a ninth seed in the NCAA West Region last season with a 25-3 record.

UTES FIRST WIN OVER RANKED TEAM IN TWO YEARS: Utah's win over then-No. 24 Arkansas on Dec. 21 was its first victory over a nationally-ranked team since downing 14th ranked Western Kentucky, 83-77, on Nov. 27, 1995.

UTAH PREDICTED TO WIN WAC: In a preseason poll of the Western Athletic Conference coaches, Utah was selected as the favorite to win the Mountain Division for the second-consecutive year and capture the WAC championship.

Utah collected 12 of the 16 first-place votes and 117 points in being predicted to win the division. The Utes garnered 11 of the 16 votes as the favorites to win the WAC Tournament championship game over Colorado State (3 votes) and Hawai'i (2).

Colorado State was picked to finish second in the Mountain Division, collecting 108 points and the remaining four first-place votes. The coaches picked New Mexico to place third (90 points), followed by Brigham Young (77), Wyoming (65), UTEP (50), UNLV (39) and Air Force (22).

Hawai'i was chosen as the preseason favorite in the Pacific Division with 110 points and 10 first-place votes. The remainder of the Pacific Division was predicted as follows: San Diego State (100), Rice (95), SMU (86), TCU (68), Fresno State (50), San Jose State (31) and Tulsa (28).

This season the WAC schedule with feature a 14-game format. Each school will play a cross-over series with a team from the other division--Rice in Utah's case--but the two games will not count in the WAC standings as opposed to last year. The 1998 WAC Tournament will feature 12 teams--the top six from each division--and will be contested March 2-7 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

WAC'S TOP PROGRAM: Utah, in its 24th season, is the most successful program in the history of the Western Athletic Conference. The U.'s 478-191 (.714) overall record, 78-22 (.780) mark in league games and eight NCAA Tournament appearances are all top marks in the WAC. Utah's two conference championships, including the 1997 Mountain Division title, rank second to San Diego State's three WAC titles.

FOUR RECRUITS SIGN EARLY WITH UTAH: The Utes signed one in-stater in 6-3 forward Erin Hansen from Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah. A preseason honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's this year, Hansen was a second-team all-state selection in 1996-97, averaging 8.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game.

In addition to landing one of the top high school prospects in the state of Utah, the Utes have also signed the reigning Player of the Year from Nevada and Idaho. Lauren Beckman, a 6-2 forward/center from Elko, Nev., was named the 1997 Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. A first-team all-state selection the past two years, Beckman averaged 20.3 points and 10.7 rpg in 1996-97. She is also a two-time academic all-state selection.

Utah also signed the 1997 Gatorade Player of the Year in Idaho, Lindsay Herbert. The 5-11 guard/forward from Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, averaged 14.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists last season on her way to earning first-team all-state recognition for the second-consecutive year. She is a 1997 preseason honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's.

Utah signed its second Canadian in as many years in Erin Gibbons, a 5-9 guard from Salmon Arm Secondary school in British Columbia. Gibbons averaged 20.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game as a junior. She was the MVP of the Western Canada Championship and a second-team all-star in 1997. Gibbons comes into the Utah program as a shooting guard, but will also likely play some at point guard.

EUROPEAN VACATION: Utah got a head start on the 1997-98 season by playing five games against European professional teams during a 10-day trip to France and Switzerland last summer. The Utes went 4-1 on the tour. The team left for France on Aug. 15, spent the first four days in Paris, toured Switzerland for three days and went to Nice, France, for the last three days of the trip before returning home on Sept. 5. Senior Julie Krommenhoek averaged 18 points a game to lead the team in scoring. Sophomore 6-2 center Kristi Rose averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds a game.

UTAH ON TELEVISION: The Utes will make at least three appearances on television this season. Utah game with Colorado State on Jan. 18 at 2:00 p.m. (MST) will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Net. The contest is part of an eight-game Western Athletic Conference Game of the Week package--the first of its kind in conference history. Fox Sports Net will also televise the WAC Championship game on March 7 tape-delayed at 6:00 p.m. (MST).

Utah will also make at least two appearances on local television. The Utah/Brigham Young game on Jan. 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center will be televised by KJZZ-TV (Ch. 14, TCI 3). KJZZ is also tentatively scheduled to telecast either the Utes' quarterfinal or semifinal game in the WAC Tournament on March 4 or 6. The Utah/Brigham Young game in Provo, Utah, on Feb. 4 at 7:00 p.m will be televised by KBYU-TV (Ch. 11).

UTES ON RADIO: Once again this season, KALL-910 AM in Salt Lake City will be the radio home for Ute women's basketball. All of the remaining regular-season games and all postseason contests will be carried live or tape delayed when they conflict with Utah men's games. KALL-910 AM Sports Director Brad Stone and Utah Assistant Sports Information Director Mike Lageschulte will share the play-by-play duties. Former Ute Reggie Wright-Jewkes will be the analyst for home games and select road games.

PLAYER NOTES
AMY ALCORN - 11

Started all 11 games ... first start of her career against Weber State on Nov. 21 ... season-high 7 points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3pt. FG) in 19 minutes against Idaho ... 2 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes against New Mexico (Jan. 3) ... 4 points (2-3 FG) and 3 assists in 27 minutes against UC Irvine ... scored 6 points (2-3 FG) and had 1 rebound in 18 minutes versus Bradley ... 3 points (1-4 3pt. FG) and 2 assists is 26 minutes at Montana ... 2 points, 2 assists and 1 board against Kansas State.

LAURA ROSS ALLEN - 35

Played in all 11 games, starting 2 ... season-high 11 points (5-7 FG) and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes at Montana ... first start of the season against UTEP (Jan. 1), posting 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks in a season-high 29 minutes ... 8 points (3-7 FG) and a season-high 9 boards in 25 minutes as a starter against New Mexico (Jan. 3) ... 10 points on 4-for-6 field goal shooting and 3 boards in 17 minutes in the season opener at Weber State ... 6 points (3-5 FG), 3 rebounds and 3 steals in 24 minutes against Idaho ... 8 boards and 4 points in 20 minutes against Wisconsin-Green Bay ... 6 points (3-5 FG) and 4 rebounds at Kansas State ... 4 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes against UC Irvine.

KRISTINA ANDERSON - 21

Played in 8 games ... career-highs with 13 points, going 5-for-8 from the field and 2-for-2 from three-point range, and 7 rebounds in 23 minutes against New Mexico (Jan. 3) ... 6 points (2-5 FG, 2-3 3 pt. FG) and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes against UTEP (Jan. 1) ... 7 points, going 3-for-5 from the field and 1-for-3 from three-point range, with 2 rebounds in 9 minutes against Idaho ... in 10 minutes against Bradley, grabbed 4 boards and scored 1 point (1-3 FT) ... 2 points (1-2 FG) and 1 rebound in 3 minutes against Weber State.

ALLI BILLS - 10

Started all 11 games ... season-high 12 assists, 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals against Idaho ... went 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line versus the Vandals ... nearly missed a triple-double with a season-high 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3 pt. FG), 9 assists and 9 rebounds in 39 minutes against UTEP (Jan. 1) ... 13 points, (4-4 FT), 8 assists and 4 steals in 40 minutes against New Mexico (Jan. 3) ... double-double with 11 points and 10 assists in 39 minutes against No. 24 Arkansas on Dec. 21 ... broke Utah all-time assists record with 10 against Kansas State on Dec. 6 ... also had 10 points (4-7 FG) and 7 rebounds in 37 minutes against KSU to post a double-double ... 9 assists, 3 steals and 3 points in a season-high 39 minutes against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 5 ... named to the all-tournament team of Kansas State's Commerce Bank-Wildcat Classic (Dec. 5-6) ... 12 points (2-5 3pt. FG), 9 boards, 6 rebounds and 3 steals in a season-high 40 minutes at Montana ... double-double with a season-high 15 points and 11 assists, as well as 3 rebounds in 32 minutes against UC Irvine ... went 5-for-6 from the field, 3-for-3 from three-point range and 2-for-2 from the free throw line against UCI ... 13 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds at Idaho State ... 15 points (3-3 3pt. FG), 8 assists and 4 rebounds against Bradley ... 14 points, 7 assists and 5 steals in 35 minutes against Weber State.

AMY EWERT - 24

Played in all 11 games ... career-high 7 points (2-3 FG) and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes against Idaho ... 2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in a season-high 22 minutes against UTEP (Jan. 1) ... 4 points (2-2 FG) and 2 assists in a season-high 22 minutes against No. 24 Arkansas ... 3 points and 3 rebounds in 9 minutes against Wisconsin-Green Bay ... 4 assists, 3 rebounds in 14 minutes at Montana ... 2 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes at Idaho State ... scored 2 points (2-2 FT) and 2 rebounds in 11 minutes against Bradley ... 2 points and a season-high 4 rebounds in 12 minutes at Weber State.

TIANA FUERTES - 22

Has played in 9 games ... 6 points (6-8 FT) and 1 assist in 9 minutes at Weber State ... 4 points (1-3 FG) and 4 assists in 11 minutes against Bradley ... made a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer against Kansas State.

JULIE KROMMENHOEK - 33

Started all 11 games ... double-figures in points in all 11 games ... six 20-point games ... named WAC Mountain Division Player of the Week on Jan. 5 ... 29 points (12-21 FG, 4-9 3pt. FG), 5 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes against UTEP (Jan. 1) ... 22 points (9-17 FG) in 34 minutes against Idaho (Dec. 29) ... 16 points (3-6 3 pt. FG) and 6 steals in 38 minutes against New Mexico (Jan. 3) ... named WAC Mountain Division Player of the Week on Dec. 22 after scoring a season-high 33 points in Utah's win over No. 24 Arkansas ... went 11-for-19 from the field, 6-for-9 from three-point range and 5-for-5 at the line in 40 minutes against the Lady Razorbacks ... 29 points, going 10-for-22 from the field and 4-for-9 from three-point range in 38 minutes at Idaho State ... also had a career-high 6 steals, 6 rebounds and 5 assists against the Bengals ...

Named the MVP of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic (Dec. 5-6) ... averaged 20.5 points 3.5 steals and shot 40 percent (8-10) from three-point range against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Kansas State ... 25 points (8-21 FG, 4-10 3pt. FG) and 3 steals against UWGB ... 16 points, 4 assists and 4 steals against KSU ... 24 points (9-17 FG, 6-9 3pt. FG) and 3 assists in 30 minutes against Bradley ... set JMHC single-game record for three-pointers made against BU ... 15 points (5-11 FG) and 3 assists at Montana in a season-high 40 minutes ... 16 points in 38 minutes against UC Irvine.

LORI RED - 32

Will sit out this season as a medical redshirt ... played only in the season opener at Weber State, scoring 6 points (2-4 FG) in 14 minutes.

ReSHAWNDA RICHARDSON - 25

Has played in 6 games ... 4 points (1-3 FG), 4 assists and 1 rebound in 7 minutes against Bradley ... 2 points, making her only shot, and 1 block in 4 minutes against UTEP (Jan. 1) ... 2 points and 1 rebound in 6 minutes against Idaho.

KRISTI ROSE - 44

Has started all 11 games ... season-high 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 3pt. FG), 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in 26 minutes against Kansas State on Dec. 6 ... 12 points and 7 boards against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 5 ... in first collegiate start at Weber State, had 13 points (6-13 FG), 7 rebounds and 2 assists in a season-high 35 minutes ... 4 blocked shots in 32 minutes against New Mexico (Jan. 3) ... 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 26 minutes against UTEP (Jan. 1) ... 11 boards, 3 blocked shots and 6 points at Idaho State ... 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 25 minutes against Idaho ... 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 30 minutes against No. 24 Arkansas.

ROSIE SHELLEY - 14

Played against Bradley ... 1 point, 1 rebound and 1 assist in 2 minutes versus BU.

LINDSAY SODJA - 15

Has played in 6 games off the bench ... scored a season-high 11 points (5-6 FG), and had 3 steals and 2 rebounds in 9 minutes against Bradley ... 2 points (2-2 FT), 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 9 minutes against UTEP (Jan. 1) ... 2 points in 7 minutes at Weber State.

ANGIE THILL - 42

Has started 9 games ... missed the UTEP (Jan. 1) and New Mexico (Jan. 3) games after suffering a patellar dislocation in her left knee early in the second half against Idaho ... career-high 23 points (8-11 FG, 2-3 3pt. FG, 5-7 FT) and 8 rebounds in 27 minutes against UC Irvine ... 21 points (9-for-14 FG) and 7 rebounds in 23 minutes at Idaho State ... 18 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3pt. FG) and 8 rebounds in season-high 34 minutes at Montana ... first double-double in three seasons with 15 points (6-9 FG) and a career-best tying 12 rebounds in 22 minutes against Bradley ... career-best 12 rebounds in 28 minutes at Weber State ... double-double with 10 points (5-9 FG) and 10 rebounds in a career-best 37 minutes against No. 24 Arkansas ... 16 points (4-6 FT) and 6 rebounds in 33 minutes against Kansas State ... 14 points (6-6 FT) and 6 rebounds against Wisconsin-Green Bay.

JANNA WHITMAN - 30

Has played in 4 games ... 1 point (1-2 FT) in 1 minute against Idaho ... 1 board and 1 steal in 5 minutes against Bradley.

GAME #1 RECAP: Alli Bills scored a game-high 14 points and dished out seven assists to lead Utah to a 69-48 opening-night win over cross-state rival Weber State at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. Sophomore center Kristi Rose scored 13 points and pulled down seven boards in 35 minutes of play in her first collegiate start. Julie Krommenhoek scored all of her 11 points in the second half. Laura Ross Allen had 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting in 17 minutes off the bench. Angie Thill had a game-high 12 rebounds. Utah outshot Weber State 46.4 to 33.3 percent from the floor. The Utes made 15 of 21 free throws. The Wildcats made just one of two attempts at the line. Weber State committed 23 turnovers to Utah's 11.

Utah jumped out to 12-4 lead on a 14-footer by Rose at the 11:46 mark in the first half, and then went on an 8-0 run to pull away for good, 20-4, on a Bills 15-foot jumper from the right side of the lane at the 7:47 mark. The Utes' largest lead of 30 points (50-20) came with 12:57 remaining on two free throws by Tiana Fuertes.

GAME #2 RECAP: Angie Thill tossed in a career-high 23 points and grabbed a game-high eight boards to lead Utah to a 71-56 win over UC Irvine last Friday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Ute senior point guard Alli Bills also had a great all-around game, scoring 15 points and dishing out 11 assists with no turnovers. Bills went 5-for-6 from the floor and 3-for-3 from three-point range. Julie Krommenhoek also had 16 points for Utah. Kristi Rose added nine points and eight boards.

Thill, who had 15 points at halftime, went 8-for-11 from the floor and 2-for-3 from behind the arc in 27 minutes of play. The senior forward, who hadn't started a game since her freshman year until this season, bettered her career-best scoring output by 13 points.

With Utah leading 42-31 at the half, UC Irvine charged back to make it an eight-point game, 56-48, on a free throw by Kirsten Cappel with 8:40 remaining. Thill then sparked a 7-2 Utah run with a three-pointer and two layups, putting the Utes back in front, 63-50, with 4:29 remaining. Utah outshot UCI 48.2 to 41.5 percent from the floor. The Utes also had the edge on the boards, 34 to 29.

GAME #3 RECAP: Julie Krommenhoek scored a season-high 24 points and set an arena single-game record with six three-pointers as Utah handled Bradley, 86-42, on Saturday afternoon at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The 44-point win for the Utes was their most decisive victory since Utah beat New Mexico by 52 points (86-34) on March 5, 1992. Krommenhoek, who went 9-for-17 from the floor and 6-for-9 from three-point range in 30 minutes of play, broke Andrea Herold's JMHC record of five three-pointers in a game set against Fresno State on Feb. 24, 1994.

Angie Thill posted her first double-double in three seasons with 15 points and a career-best 12 boards. Alli Bills also scored 15 points, going 3-for-3 from behind the arc, and had a game-high eight assists in 29 minutes. Lindsay Sodja scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting in nine minutes off the bench. The Braves were within 27-16 with 5:33 left in the first half before the Utes went on a 15-2 run to end the half. Bills made a three-pointer and a 16-foot jumper as a part of the run.

KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT RECAP: Utah won Kansas State's Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic last weekend, posting a 68-57 win over KSU in the championship game and a 61-55 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay in the first round. Julie Krommenhoek was named the tournament MVP, averaging 20.5 points and 3.5 steals a game, and shooting 40 percent (8-for-10) from three-point range. Alli Bills also landed a spot on the all-tournament team, posting 19 assists and 13 points in two games.

In the win over Kansas State, Bills posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Krommenhoek and Angie Thill each scored a game-high 16 points. Krommenhoek added four steals and Thill had six boards. Kristi Rose scored 14 points with seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Utah shot 51 percent for the game, and made 8-of-17 three-pointers. With the game was tied at 31-31 with 16:10 left to play, Utah took control by scoring nine unanswered points to take a 40-31 lead.

Utah came back from a 26-23 halftime deficit to defeat Wisconsin-Green Bay, 61-55, in the first round. Krommenhoek led the way for the Utes with a game-high 25 points, going 8-for-21 from the field and 4-for-10 from behind the arc. She also had three steals. Thill scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds. Rose posted 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting and had seven rebounds.

Utah shot a season-low 34.5 percent (20-for-58) from the field and went 4-for-16 from three-point range. The Utes did have a significant edge at the free throw line, however, going 17-for-21 (81 percent). Wisconsin-Green Bay attempted just 12 free throws, making nine. With the Phoenix leading 31-27 with 14:49 to play in the second half, Utah reeled off 13 unanswered points to take a 40-31 lead with 10:30 remaining.

GAME #6 RECAP: Utah posted a 75-58 rout of Idaho State on Tuesday night in Holt Arena at Pocatello, Idaho. Julie Krommenhoek scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Utes, hitting 10-of-22 shots going and 4-of-9 from behind the three-point arc. Krommenhoek also had a career-high six steals, six rebounds and five assists. Angie Thill added 21 points and seven rebounds as the Utes handed the Bengals their first loss of the season. Alli Bills chipped in 13 points and eight assists, while Kristi Rose grabbed 11 rebounds for the Utes.

Utah broke open a close game late in the first half by scoring 17 unanswered points. The Utes led 42-21 at intermission. Idaho State opened the second half with an 11-2 run, closing to 43-32 with 17:05 remaining. But a Thill layup stopped the Bengals surge, and the Utes pushed their lead back up to 20 with 13:02 to play.

GAME #7 RECAP: Montana native Angie Thill led four players scoring in double-figures with 18 points as Utah routed Montana, 65-52, in Dahlberg Arena. A senior from Belt, Mont., Thill shot 8-of-13 from the field and pulled down eight rebounds. Julie Krommenhoek scored 15 points, shooting 2-of-7 from three-point range. Other Utes scoring in double figures were senior point guard Alli Bills with 12 points and senior Laura Ross Allen with 11.

Utah jumped on the Lady Griz early, taking off to a 10-0 lead in the first four minutes. The Utes took a 31-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. Montana pulled within five points (53-48) with 3:56 remaining in the game on a Lauren Cooper layup. However, the Utes responded with five consecutive points, keyed by a three-pointer from the left wing by Bills, to keep the Lady Griz at bay. Montana outrebounded Utah 38-36, but the Lady Griz committed 19 turnovers and could not shut down the Ute offense, which shot 46 percent from the field.

GAME #8 RECAP: Utah kept its perfect season rolling with a 73-64 win over No. 24 Arkansas on Sunday at the DMC Holiday Shootout at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Julie Krommenhoek led the way with a game-high 33 points, missing her career high by just two. She scored 22 points in the second half, helping to bring Utah back from a 31-28 halftime deficit. Krommenhoek went 11-for-19 from the field and 6-for-9 from three-point range, playing the entire 40 minutes. Utah's other senior guard, Alli Bills, played 39 minutes. Bills posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Angie Thill also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Utah continues its school-record breaking start to improve to 8-0. Five of those wins came on Utah's recent road swing.

Utah charged out to a 21-11 lead 12 minutes into the game only to see Arkansas make a 20-7 run to end the first half. The game was tied for the last time at 49-all with 9:34 to play.

The Utes took control of the game from that point on. A layup on the baseline by Krommenhoek at the 8:34 mark, and three-pointers by both Krommenhoek and Bills spurred a 10-point Ute run over the next two and a half minutes. Utah built the lead to 14 points (69-55) on a jumper by Krommenhoek with 1:48 to play.

Utah outshot Arkansas 53.8 to 44.2 percent for the game. The Utes shot 62.1 percent (18-for-29) in the second half. Utah also had the edge in rebounding, 30 to 28.

GAME #9 RECAP: Julie Krommenhoek scored a game-high 22 points, and Alli Bills dished out a season-high 12 assists on Monday night as 25th-ranked Utah blew out Idaho, 71-45, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Utah improved to 9-0, continuing the best start in school history after an eight-day Holiday break. Idaho fell to 3-8.

Krommenhoek, who had 14 points in the second half, went 9-for- 17 from the field. Bills added eight points and five rebounds. Kristi Rose had nine points and four boards. Amy Alcorn, Amy Ewert and Kristina Anderson each added seven points. Utah outshot Idaho 57.1 to 34.0 percent from the field for the game. The Utes outscored the Vandals 42-22 in the second half, shooting 63.6 from the field and 42.9 percent (3-for-7) from three- point range. The Utes also had a 33 to 30 edge on the boards, and posted 19 assists and 12 steals.

Leading 29-23 at halftime, Utah scored the first eight points of the second half, thanks in part to two three-pointers by Krommenhoek in the first minute and a half. The Utes went on a 23-10 run in the first eight and a half minutes to pull out to a 52-33 lead.

GAME #10 RECAP: Utah opened defense of its 1997 Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division title with a 70-58 thumping of UTEP last Thursday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Julie Krommenhoek scored a game-high 29 points and had five assists and three steals in 37 minutes. After missing her first six shots, Krommenhoek went 12-for-15 the rest of the way and shot 4-of-9 from three-point range. Alli Bills flirted with the second triple-double in school history after notching the first-ever last year. Bills had 15 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. Bills went 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range.

Leading 29-25 a the half, Utah broke the game open with a 12-2 run to start the second half, capped off by a three-pointer from the right wing by Krommenhoek. Utah, which went 17-for-30 (.567) from the field in the second half, outshot UTEP 50.9 to 39.7 percent for the game. The Utes made 9-of-18 three pointers. Utah also had a 36 to 31 edge on the boards.

GAME #11 RECAP: Utah outscored New Mexico 8-1 in the final three and a half minutes and came back from a 26-23 halftime deficit to defeat the Lobos, 57-48, last Saturday afternoon at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Utah was led by a game-high 16 points from Julie Krommenhoek, who shot 3-of-6 from three-point range. Freshman Kristina Anderson had a career-high 13 points, making both of her three-pointers, and had seven rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Alli Bills also had 13 points and a game-high eight assists. Laura Ross Allen posted nine rebounds and eight points.

The Lobos' Jennifer Williams equalled Krommenhoek with 16 points, but was limited to four points in the second half. Abby Garcheck had 12 points, nine below her season average of 21.0 ppg.

Utah's veteran players made some big plays to preserve the lead in the last two minutes. Leading 51-48 with 1:17 to play, Bills made a 17-footer from the right wing with the shot clock running down. Krommenhoek picked Tamika Stukes' pocket with 42 seconds remaining and got the outlet pass to Bills who was fouled. Bills made both ends of the one-and-one to put the Utes in front by seven.

Utah outshot UNM 38.3 to 33.9 percent for the game and 44.0 to 31.0 percent in the second half. The Lobos had the edge on the boards, 43 to 34.

KROMMENHOEK NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Julie Krommenhoek, a senior from American Fork, Utah, was named the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division Player of the Week on Monday. She led the Utes with a season-high 33 points, shooting 11-of-19 (.579) from the field, 6-of-9 (.667) from three-point range and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Krommenhoek also pulled down three boards, had three assists and recorded three steals in Utah's only game last week.

FOR OPENERS: Utah is beginning its eighth season in the Western Athletic Conference. Since 1991, Utah is 4-3 in conference season openers, with two of those loses coming to San Diego State. Utah has opened league play twice against UTEP, winning, 62-43, last season on Jan. 2 in El Paso, Texas. Utah lost to the Miners, 75-71, on Jan. 14, 1993 in Salt Lake City.

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