Katie King led Utah with 16 points and also had 13 rebounds.
Jan. 11, 2009
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.