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Three-Point Shooting, Defense Lead Utah Over Montana

Kim Smith moved into the top 10 on the Utah all-time scoring chart Tuesday night.

Kim Smith moved into the top 10 on the Utah all-time scoring chart Tuesday night.

Jan. 4, 2005

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SALT LAKE CITY -- During the first 2:03 of Tuesday night's 68-42 victory over Montana, the University of Utah women's basketball team hit three shots from behind the three-point arc. That was a hint of things to come for the Utes, who hit 12 three-pointers in 23 attempts en route to the 26-point victory.

Kim Smith got things started six seconds into the game with a trey. Her second three-pointer of the contest came 1:20 later. Smith's six points in the first two minutes of the game were historic. With her sixth point, the junior moved into the No. 10 spot on the Utah career scoring chart.

A Lana Sitterud three-pointer just five minutes into the contest gave Utah (10-4) a 13-point advantage, 17-4. Montana (6-5) put together a brief offensive burst, going on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes. Katie Edwards hit a three-pointer for the Lady Griz to spark the spurt, which pulled Montana back within five, 17-12. But that's as close as the Lady Griz would get.

Sitterud stopped the Montana momentum with the third of her four three-pointers in the game. The Lady Griz trimmed the deficit to six with 3:10 left in the first half when Jody McLeod scored on a jumper. But Utah's Shona Thorburn outscored the Lady Griz 6-2 over the remainder of the half. Thorburn hit a three-pointer, one of her three, and then scored a traditional three-point play, giving the Utes a 42-30 edge at the intermission.

Montana scored the first four points of the second half on buckets by Juliann Keller and Michela Schmitz to trim its deficit to eight, 32-24. Deanne Hanchett scored the next three points for Utah, sparking a 7-0 Ute spurt. Camie Allen's jumper with 14:17 to go put the Utes up by 15 points, 39-24. The Lady Griz never challenged again.



Utah led 50-36 midway through the second half and then went on a monster run. The Utes outscored Montana 18-0 over the next seven minutes, pushing their lead to as many as 32 points. Sitterud and Thorburn each found the mark from behind the three-point arc during the outburst, which left Utah on top 68-36. Montana scored the last six points of the game, accounting for the final 26-point margin.

Utah used pressure defense to force 24 Lady Griz turnovers and grab 16 steals. The Utes' pressure also held Montana to just 38.6-percent shooting from the floor.

Smith paced all scorers and rebounders with 17 points and nine rebounds. She also tied a career-high with five steals. Thorburn scored 15 and dished out a game-high eight assists, while Sitterud tallied 14 and grabbed a career-high six steals. Jessica Perry scored nine for Utah. Montana was led by 11 points off the bench from Johanna Closson. Edwards was the only other double-figure scorer for the Lady Griz, tallying 10 points.

Utah is back in action Saturday afternoon, hosting Northern Colorado at 3 p.m.


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