Kim Smith scored a season-high 28 points in Utah's win over IPFW Saturday.
Jan. 1, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY -- Junior forward Kim Smith scored a season-high 28 points Saturday afternoon at the Huntsman Center. Smith's season-best outing led the University of Utah women's basketball team to a 62-42 victory over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (IPFW).
Smith was 11-of-16 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. She also had a hand in the Utes' total domination on the boards. Smith pulled down nine rebounds, while Utah (9-4) enjoyed a 47-26 advantage in rebounding.
Utah never trailed in the contest. Senior guard Lana Sitterud opened the game with a three-pointer for the Utes. Geneva Murdock answered with a trey for IPFW (2-10) to tie things up at 3-3. That's as close as the Mastodons would get. The Utes scored the next seven points and led 10-3 six minutes into the contest.
Utah still led by seven, 23-16, with three minutes remaining in the first half. But Smith outscored IPFW 6-1 over the final 2:44 of the half, expanding the Utes' advantage to 13 going into the intermission.
Smith opened the second half with a bucket, followed by a Sitterud three-pointer. Two minutes into the second half, Utah had pushed its lead to 18, 35-17. The Utes' advantage burgeoned to as many as 26 points when freshman center Deanne Hanchett scored midway through the second half. From there, Utah cruised to the 20-point victory.
Twelve of Utah's 13 players in uniform saw action in the contest. The Utes shot 42.3 percent from the field in the second half and 37.9 percent for the contest. Meanwhile, IPFW was held to just 28.6 percent shooting for the game. Utah also forced the Mastodons into five shot-clock violations.
Smith was the only Ute in double figures with her 28-point effort. Sitterud had three three-pointers to tally nine points. Murdock and Ashley Johnson each scored 11 to lead IPFW.