Senior Carley Marshall had a season-high 15 points and seven rebounds against Air Force.
Jan. 22, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's basketball team is now tied with Arizona for the second-longest home winning streak in the nation as the team defeated Air Force 82-42 for its 23rd straight home victory. With the win, the Utes improve to 13-4 overall and 3-0 in the Mountain West Conference.
Utah shot 53 percent from the field and from downtown on the game, while holding the Falcons to just 26 percent from the field and 12 percent from beyond the arc. The Utes also out-rebounded Air Force 43 to 34.
"I really like the enthusiasm and intensity we showed tonight," Head Coach Elaine Elliott said. "Our young kids got good minutes - tonight was as aggressive as they've played all season."
Senior Carley Marshall led Utah with a season-high 16 points and a season-high-tying seven rebounds. Sophomore All-America candidate Kim Smith added 15 points, while senior Mandie Little finished with 11. Sophomore Shona Thorburn had seven points, dished out six assists and nabbed two steals, while senior Kelsy Stireman finished with six points, four assists and four steals.
The Utes also got good effort from the bench, as junior Lana Sitterud had seven points, three assists and two steals, and sophomore Julie Wood finished with eight points and three assists. Freshman Camie Allen pulled down six rebounds to go along with five points, one block and one assist.
Utah scored the first seven points of the first half and never looked back, leading by as many as 24 points and going into the locker room up 19, 38-19. The Utes shot 50 percent from the field on the half, compared to the 22 percent (7-of-32) of the Falcons. The Utes also out-rebounded Air Force 21-18.
The second half was much of the same story and Utah held the Falcons to 23 points, while scoring 44. Utah shot 56 percent from the field and out-rebounded Air Force 22 to 16 on the half.
Utah hosts New Mexico at 1 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 25. The game will be televised live to a national audience on ESPN2.