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Sawyer and King Lead Utah over San Diego State, 58-52

Katie King led Utah with 16 points and also had 13 rebounds.

Katie King led Utah with 16 points and also had 13 rebounds.

Jan. 11, 2009

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SALT LAKE CITY - Behind a pair of double-doubles from Halie Sawyer and Katie King, the Utah women's basketball team defeated a tough San Diego State squad, 58-52, in the Utes Mountain West Conference home opener.

King led Utah (9-6, 2-0 MWC) with 16 points and 13 rebounds for her third double-double this year. Sawyer had her second double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Morgan Warburton scored 15 points and Janita Badon tallied a career-best 10 points.

Things looked dicey for the Utes in the early minutes, as San Diego State (10-4, 1-1 MWC) jumped out to a 9-2 lead. After Utah called a timeout to regroup, it quickly went on a nine point run of its own to take an 11-9 lead at the 14:30 mark in the first half.

The momentum began to swing Utah's way late in the first half. Tied 21-21 with five minutes remaining, the Utes closed out the half on a 12-2 run to hold a 33-23 lead at halftime. Badon had four points of the run for Utah.

San Diego State made a valiant comeback in the second half, cutting the lead to two. With Utah up by 12 (39-27) with 17 minutes left in the half, the Aztecs surged for 10 straight points to cut the Utes lead to 39-37 with 13 minutes left. However, a Kalee Whipple jumper quickly sparked an eight-point run for the Utes, and they regained their 10-point lead, 47-47, with 11 minutes left.

Free throws and solid defense held off San Diego State in the final minutes. The Aztecs came within four points with 16 seconds remaining after a Jerica Williams three-pointer, but Warburton sunk two free-throws with two seconds left to put the game out of reach.

Utah out-rebounded San Diego State 48-24.

Jene Morris scored 14 points to lead SDSU while Williams was also in double figures with 11 points. Paris Johnson pulled down 10 rebounds.

 

 

The Utes remain at home on Wednesday, Jan. 14, to take on Air Force. The event is Military Appreciation Night - all members of the armed forces get in free with a military ID card.
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