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Go Utes!
Utah Women Use Big First Half to Stop CSU, 77-69

Kim Smith scored 22 points to lead Utah over Colorado State Saturday afternoon.

Kim Smith scored 22 points to lead Utah over Colorado State Saturday afternoon.

Feb. 26, 2005

Final Stats

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- It was a tale of two halves for the women's basketball teams from the University of Utah and Colorado State. Fortunately for the Utes, their half was better.

Utah (21-6, 10-2 MWC) outscored Colorado State 39-19 in the first half, taking a 20-point lead into the locker room at halftime. The Rams (14-11, 5-7) held a 50-38 advantage in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome the huge halftime deficit. The Utes held on to pick up the 77-69 victory.

Utah was on fire from behind the three-point arc in the first half. The Utes hit 54.5 percent (6-of-11) of their three-point attempts in the first stanza. Kim Smith had three treys and 14 of her game-high 22 points in the first half. Shona Thorburn hit a pair and Lana Sitterud added a three-pointer in the first period, as well.

Each team opened the contest with a run. The Utes opened with a 7-0 spurt, while CSU answered with a 9-0 outburst to take a 9-7 advantage five minutes into the contest. For the next 15 minutes it was all Utah.

Thorburn scored five straight points to spark a 10-0 Utah spurt, giving the Utes a 17-9 advantage. A Smith bomb with 9:47 remaining gave the Utes a 10-point lead. Another three-pointer from Smith with 3:30 remaining in the half pushed Utah's advantage to 22 points, 37-15.

Over a span of 12 minutes, the Utes outscored Colorado State 32-6. Utah's biggest lead was 24 points, when Shauna Brouillard hit a jumper at the 2:51 mark of the first half.

The second half was a much different story. Utah turned the ball over three times in the first three minutes, leading to a 9-2 Colorado State spurt. The Rams pulled within 13 points, 41-28. The Utes managed to keep their advantage in double figures for much of the second half, although the Rams pulled within 10 on three occasions.



CSU finally trimmed its deficit to single digits with 1:33 remaining when Sara Hunter went coast to coast with a layup. That left the Rams trailing 70-62. Utah hit five-of-eight from the free-throw line over the final 1:16 to keep Colorado State at bay.

Three Utes scored in double figures as Sitterud tallied 17 to go along with the 22- and 20-point efforts of Smith and Thorburn. For Thorburn, it was the eighth time in 12 Mountain West Conference games that she has reached the 20-point mark.

Five Rams scored in double figures. CSU was paced by Melissa Dennett, who tallied 18 points. Dennett also had a game-high 13 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end.


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