Julie Wood scored the first eight points in Sunday's win over Idaho. She finished with 11 for the contest.
Nov. 28, 2004
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Three Utah players scored in double figures Sunday afternoon as the Ute women's basketball team upended Idaho 57-50 in the fifth-place game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center. Shona Thorburn and Kim Smith each turned in double-double performances in the victory.
Thorburn led the Utah scoring effort with 14 points, while also pulling down 10 rebounds. Smith scored 11 and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds. Meanwhile, Julie Wood started for the second consecutive game and responded with an 11-point output.
Wood scored the first eight points of the contest for Utah, staking the Utes to an 8-3 advantage through the first 2:36. Utah led by just two, 17-15 after a Leilani Mitchell three-pointer for Idaho at the 8:45 mark. But the Utes got a trey from Lana Sitterud to spark a 9-3 spurt. That burst put Utah on top by eight, 26-18 with 5:23 until halftime. Idaho pulled back within four at halftime, 28-24.
Mitchell scored early in the second half to pull Idaho within two, 28-26. But Utah rattled off a 12-2 run to take a 12-point lead, 40-28, with 14:11 left in the game. Thorburn and Smith each scored four points during that run. Mitchell, who hit four three-pointers in the contest, connected on two of them within a span of 42 seconds, to trim Idaho's deficit to eight.
Emily Faurholt followed with another trey for the Vandals and the Utah lead was cut to five. A Heather Thoelke layup and two Mitchell free throws pulled Idaho within one at the 9:59 mark, 42-41. The Mitchell three-pointers sparked a 13-2 spurt for the Vandals.
One minute later, Thorburn knocked down a three-pointer from the corner to give Utah a little breathing room, 47-43. Utah maintained the four-point advantage at the 1:35 mark, 52-48. Thorburn found her way down the lane with just less than one minute left for a layup to put the Utes up six. After a Faurholt score to trim the Utah lead back to four, Wood hit a pair of free throws to ice the victory.
Mitchell paced Idaho with 19 points, while Faurholt tacked on 16.
Utah is in action again Thursday, hosting Utah Valley State at the Huntsman Center in a 7 p.m. tipoff.