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Smith Leads Utah Over Aztecs, 78-43

Kim Smith is nine points short of the Mountain West Conference career scoring record.

Kim Smith is nine points short of the Mountain West Conference career scoring record.

Feb. 11, 2006

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SALT LAKE CITY - University of Utah senior Kim Smith (Mission, B.C.) scored 26 points in just 26 minutes of action against San Diego State Saturday afternoon. Smith and fellow senior Julie Larsen (Logan, Utah), who scored 18 points, led the Utes to a 78-43 win over the Aztecs at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

San Diego State (3-18, 0-11 MWC) ed 2-0 on a Desiree Johnson basket. But a three-pointer from junior Heidi Carlsen (St. George, Utah) gave Utah a 3-2 advantage. The Utes never trailed again.

Utah (17-5, 8-3) held the Aztecs in single digits for nearly 14 minutes to start the contest. By the time Johnson hit a pair of free throws to put SDSU into double figures, the Utes had already raced out to a 29-10 lead. Utah led 43-17 at halftime. The 17-point output by the Aztecs tied the lowest mark the Utes have allowed in a half this season.

Smith scored 20 of her game-high 26 points in the first half. She helped Utah put together runs of 10-2 and 17-2 during the first 15 minutes of the contest.

Utah pushed its lead to as many as 39 points in the second half. Larsen hit one of her four three-pointers with just less than six minutes remaining in the contest to put Utah on top 72-33. From there, Utah played 12 of its 13 players in uniform and cruised to the 35-point victory.

Smith's 26-point effort came on 10-of-12 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from behind the three-point arc and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. She is now just nine points away from tying BYU's Erin Thorn (1999-2003) for the Mountain West Conference career scoring record. Thorn scored 2,061 points in her career and Smith now has 2,052 points in her career.

Larsen was 4-of-5 from behind the arc en route to an 18-point effort for the Utes. Utah senior Shona Thorburn scored nine points and dished out 11 assists, narrowly missing a double-double. It was the fifth time this season and the 10th time in her career that Thorburn has had 10 or more helpers in a game.



Utah is back in action again Wednesday at Colorado State. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Moby Arena.


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