Halie Sawyer led Utah with 19 points and nine rebounds against Norfolk State.
Jan. 2, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's basketball team (7-6) defeated Norfolk State (0-8) Friday evening at the Jon M. Huntsman Center by a score of 79-40. The Utes were led by junior forward Halie Sawyer with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field.
Utah shot 51% from the floor (26-of-51) and grabbed a season-high 45 rebounds. The Utes held Norfolk State to just 23.2% from the field, their best defensive performance of the season, while blocking five shots and making 10 steals in the contest.
Utah held NSU scoreless for the first 9:40 of the game, building a 19-0 lead before Danelle Tate knocked down a free throw at the 10:20 mark. The Utes did not allow a field goal for the first 13:05 of the contest, when Tate scored a layup.
Utah went to the locker room with a 49-11 halftime lead on the back of a 61.5% first half field goal percentage (16-of-26), including a 4-of-5 mark from three-point range.
The 39-point margin of victory was Utah's largest since defeating UC Irvine, 91-50, Nov. 15, 2007.
"It was good to have the opportunity to give everyone a chance to play," head coach Elaine Elliott said. "We were able to get our bench some minutes in the league and let them get out there and play."
Five Utes scored in double figures. Kalee Whipple had 14 points while Cydney Knight came away with 11 points. Mandy Munns and Morgan Warburton each had 10 points. In addition to her team-high 19 points, Sawyer also led Utah with nine rebounds.
Josi McDermott saw the first action of her career, playing 13 minutes.
The Utes are back in action Jan. 7 at Wyoming. Their next home game is Jan. 11 vs. San Diego State. That game is slated for a 2 p.m. tipoff at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.