Shona Thorburn scored 15 points and dished out eight assists in an 11-point win over Georgetown Monday night.
Nov. 22, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY -- At one point in the first half of Monday night's contest against Georgetown, the University of Utah women's basketball team was shooting just better than 20 percent from the field. But the Utes overcame their cold start and held off the visiting Hoyas 64-53 at the Huntsman Center.
Utah (1-1) was paced by junior Shona Thorburn, who scored a game-high 15 points and also dished out eight assists for the second consecutive game. Junior Kim Smith recorded the 12th double-double of her career, tallying 10 points and 13 rebounds. Lana Sitterud and Shauna Brouillard were also reached double digits for Utah, tallying 13 and 11 points respectively.
Both Utah and Georgetown (0-2) struggled to find the basket in the early going. Midway through the first half, the contest was knotted at just 10-10. Kieerah Marlow and Sarah Jenkins scored on back-to-back possessions for the Hoyas, giving them a 14-10 advantage. But an 8-0 burst put Utah back on top 18-14. Smith started the spurt with a three-pointer and Sitterud capped it with a trey of her own. The Utes maintained that four-point advantage at the intermission, leading 23-19.
Georgetown converted at a .333 clip in the first half, while Utah shot just .300. Shooting percentages improved for both teams in the second half. But the percentages improved dramatically for Utah. The Utes hit at a .538 clip in the second stanza, while Georgetown continued to struggle, shooting just .342.
A Jenkins jumper just 33 seconds into the second half pulled Georgetown within two points, 23-21. But that was as close as the Hoyas would get. A Camie Allen bucket inside started a 7-1 run for Utah, capped by another Sitterud three-pointer. That brief run gave Utah the breathing room it needed, 30-22, with 17:46 remaining.