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Utah Women Rally in Second Half, Stop BYU 61-53

Shona Thorburn led Utah to a come-from-behind victory over BYU Saturday. The junior scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Shona Thorburn led Utah to a come-from-behind victory over BYU Saturday. The junior scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Jan. 29, 2005

Final Stats

PROVO, Utah -- The University of Utah women's basketball team overcame an 11-point, second-half deficit to defeat Brigham Young University Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center. Junior guard Shona Thorburn scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, both game-high totals, to lead the Utes.

Utah (15-5, 4-1 MWC) trailed 31-27 at halftime, after suffering through a scoreless drought of 3:05 late in the first half. The Utes' shooting didn't improve much in the opening minutes of the second half. Utah missed its first eight field-goal attempts in the second half and didn't score for the first 4:39 of the second period.

BYU (11-7, 2-3) took advantage of Utah's shooting woes to grab an 11-point advantage, scoring the first seven points of the second stanza. The Cougars went on top 38-27 when Mallary Gillespie socred with 16:54 remaining in the game. The Utes finally scored with 15:21 remaining when Shona Thorburn hit one of two free throws to make it 38-28.

Junior forward Kim Smith tallied the first Utah field goal of the second half one minute later, pulling Utah within eight, 38-30. BYU pushed its advantage back to double digits and still led by 10 points, 44-34, with 10:54 remaining in the contest. The Cougars then suffered through their own scoring dry spell.

BYU didn't score for the next 2:27 and Utah put together a 10-0 outburst to tie the game at 44-44. Senior guard Lana Sitterud started things for the Utes with a three-pointer. Thorburn's trey capped the 10-point spurt with 8:27 remaining.

Danielle Cheesman put BYU back on top 46-44 on a nice inside move with 7:51 remaining. Utah regained the lead for the first time since the 4:12 mark of the first half when sophomore forward Camie Allen buried a three-pointer from the top of the key with 7:36 remaining. The Utes would never trail again, although it was tight the rest of the way.



Smith rattled in a three-pointer with 5:33 remaining to give Utah a 50-46 advantage. Thorburn pushed the Utes' lead to five with just more than four minutes remaining. Julie Sullivan pulled BYU within three, 54-51, on a layup with 1:31 left in the contest. But that was as close as the Cougars would get. Utah hit seven-of-eight from the free-throw line in the final 45 seconds to close out the victory.

Thorburn's 22-point, 12-rebound effort was the 10th double-double of her career and her sixth this season. Smith tallied 15 points and 11 boards to record the 20th double-double of her career and her ninth this season. Sullivan paced BYU with 16 points, 14 of which came in the first half. Cheesman and Kristen Kozlowski were also in double figures for the Cougars, tallying 12 and 10, respectively.

Utah is back home Thursday night for a nationally-televised game (College Sports Television) with UNLV. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.


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