Kalee Whipple had a double-double of 18 points, 10 boards against the Huskers.
Nov. 24, 2007
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The University of Utah women's basketball team (3-2 overall) rallied behind the 18-point, 10-rebound double-double of Kalee Whipple as they were able to dispense of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 56-44, here in Utah's final game of the Oahu Classic. It was Whipple first double-double of the year.
The Utes won their second straight contest, having just come off of a 71-60 win over Akron in the second game of the Oahu Classic.
"We hit free throws in the second half, we hit some shots, we got some rebounds and we took care of the ball," said head coach Elaine Elliott. "That's why we were able to win our last two games. Those were some of the things that weren't happening for us earlier in the week."
Nebraska loses its second straight contest, falling to an identical 3-2 mark.
Whipple led all players in points and rebounds, shooting an impressive 9-for-14 from the floor. All 10 of her rebounds came on the defensive end.
Morgan Warburton tallied 15 points, buoyed by a 6-for-6 effort from the line, while Leilani Mitchell scored 13 points. Mitchell also dished out a game-high six assists to go along with eight boards and one steal. She played all 40 minutes and only had three turnovers.
Utah dominated the glass, holding a 41-28 edge in rebounds. Warburton and Jessica Perry helped out under the basket with six boards apiece.
The Utes shot 44 percent (21-for-48) from the field, besting Nebraska, which shot 33 percent (18-for-54). Kelsey Griffin's 11 points led all Huskers. She shot 5-for-10 from the field.
The Crimson and White led from wire to wire in the first half as its four-point lead turned into an 8-3 cushion with 15:29 left. Nebraska rallied to trim the deficit to 8-7 with just under 13 minutes remaining, but a 7-0 run allowed the Utes to post their biggest lead of the half, 21-11 with 6:14 left. The Huskers responded with a 7-0 run of their own to end the half, and Utah owned the 21-18 lead at the break.
Utah returns to action on its home hardwood on Wednesday, Nov. 28, when it hosts the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. Tipoff in the Huntsman Center is set for 7 p.m.