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Utah Women Smother Northern Colorado, 85-35

Shona Thorburn became the 19th Ute to reach 1000 points in Saturday's win over Northern Colorado.

Shona Thorburn became the 19th Ute to reach 1000 points in Saturday's win over Northern Colorado.

Jan. 8, 2005

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SALT LAKE CITY -- University of Utah junior guard Shona Thorburn became the 19th member of the Utes' 1,000-point club Saturday afternoon at the Huntsman Center. The Utes tallied their largest margin of victory in more than two years, defeating Northern Colorado by 50 points, 85-35.

Thorburn was on fire in the first half for Utah (11-4). She was 7-of-10 from the field in the opening stanza and had already eclipsed her season-high for points scored by intermission. Thorburn hit a three-pointer with 7:37 remaining in the first half to push her over the 1,000-point plateau. She scored 17 of her 20 points in the first half.

The Utes took control early in the contest, holding Northern Colorado (3-12) to single digits for the first 9:44 of the contest. By the time the Bears reached double figures, Utah held a 22-11 advantage. The Utes stretched that lead to as many as 23 points with 2:33 remaining in the first stanza when freshman forward Jessica Perry hit a three-pointer. Utah led by 22 points, 39-17, at halftime.

While Thorburn dominated the first half for Utah, Perry took over in the second half. The Guelph, Ontario native recorded the first double-double of her Utah career, scoring 22 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Fourteen of Perry's points and seven of her boards came in the second half.

Utah opened the second period with a 9-0 run to take a 31-point advantage, 48-17. Perry scored four points during the burst, while Thorburn capped it off with her fourth three-pointer of the contest. Perry later hit two three-pointers to spark a 14-1 run for the Utes, pushing the lead to 47 points, 72-25, with 6:17 to go.

Utah emptied the bench and every Ute player saw action. Ten of the 13 Utes scored in the contest. Perry led all scorers and rebounders with her 22-point, 14-rebound effort. It was her first career double-double. Junior forward Kim Smith added 15 points to round out the Utah double-figure scorers. Northern Colorado's Kendra Lambrecht scored 13 to lead her team and was the only Bear player in double figures.

 

 

The 50-point victory was the largest margin for the Utes since Nov. 26, 2002 when they defeated Montana Tech by 54 points, 96-42. For the second consecutive contest, Utah hit 12 three-pointers. The Utes also forced 20 turnovers and outscored Northern Colorado 24-10 in points off turnovers.

The victory wrapped up the non-conference slate for Utah. The Utes open Mountain West Conference play Thursday night at the Huntsman Center, hosting Colorado State in a 7 p.m. contest.

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