Senior Kelsy Stireman led Utah with 15 points and a season-high-tying seven steals against San Diego State in her last game ever at the Huntsman Center.
March 6, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's basketball team won a share of the Mountain West Conference regular-season title with a 63-51 win over San Diego State in its regular-season finale at the Huntsman Center this afternoon. It is the fourth time in the five-year history of the conference that the Utes have won the regular-season title. With the win, Utah improves to 22-6 overall and 12-2 in MWC play and earns a No. 2 seed at the MWC Tournament next week in Denver, Colo.
Utah shot 44 percent from the field but just 23 percent from beyond the arc on the game, while San Diego State shot 45 percent from the field and 43 percent from downtown. The Utes out-rebounded the Aztecs 32 to 27 and forced 19 San Diego State turnovers.
"We were having trouble putting the ball in the hole in the first half," Elliott said. "We willed it to happen."
"These kids deserve to enjoy this title," she continued. "They went the whole year with the burden of expectations and sometimes that can take the fun out of it. These kids went 12-2 in conference play this year, the same record as last year. If New Mexico wants to join us, that's fine. I can't control anyone else."
Senior Kelsy Stireman led a group of four Utes in double figures scoring with 15 points. She also added a season-high-tying seven steals, four rebounds and three assists. Senior Carley Marshall added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists, while sophomore Shona Thorburn had 11 points, seven assists and three rebounds. Sophomore All-America candidate Kim Smith rounded out the group of double-digit scorers with 10 points and six rebounds.
Senior Mandie Little pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points and two steals.
Utah opened the second half on a 21-5 run, taking an 11-point lead, and never looked back. The Utes outscored San Diego State 42 to 25 on the half, shooting 63 percent from the field. Utah also out-rebounded the Aztecs 16 to 10.
Utah, the No. 2 seed in the MWC Tournament, faces No. 7-seed San Diego State in the first round at 6 p.m. next Wednesday, March 10, at the Pepsi Center.