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Women's Basketball Holds Minnesota at Bay

Morgan Warburton scored 17 points against Minnesota.

Morgan Warburton scored 17 points against Minnesota.

Dec. 8, 2007

Box Score

MINNEAPOLIS - Leilani Mitchell and Morgan Warburton each had 10 second-half points in holding the Minnesota Golden Gophers at bay as the University of Utah women's basketball team (6-3 overall) tallied the 66-54 road win here in Williams Arena this afternoon.

Mitchell tallied a game-high 19 points in shooting 7-for-13 from the floor. She connected on two of her four three-point attempts. Mitchell also dished out a game-high eight assists and grabbed six rebounds.

The Utes saw three of their players tally double-digit scoring numbers. Warburton put up 17 points on 6-of-15 makes, and Kalee Whipple tallied 13 points.

The Utes shot 63 percent (17-for-27) in the first half and even held a 17-point lead midway through the first 20 minutes. Utah settled on shooting 50 percent (24-for-48) for the game as it held on for the 12-point win.

Utah limited Minnesota to just 35.8 percent (19-for-53) shooting, but the Golden Gophers held the commanding 35-27 lead on the boards. Mitchell and Katie King led the Utes under glass in tallying six boards each.

Leslie Knight led UM in tallying 17 points for the home team. Korinne Campbell's eight rebounds led all players this afternoon.

The visitors led the entire first 20 minutes, but the first half was all about momentum swings. Powered by Whipple's 11 first-half points and the team's 63 percent field goal percentage, the momentum favored the Utes who went into the half with a 39-30 lead.

The Utes were able to build an early four-point lead on the Gophers, 8-4, but an 11-4 run after the 10-minute mark gave Utah the 34-17 lead with 5:33 left in the half. The Golden Gophers regrouped, and they took a run at Utah's lead. They went on an 11-0 streak, and it cut Utah's lead to six, 34-28, with 2:15 left. Utah finished the half by doubling up Minnesota, 5-2, and the Utes held the nine-point lead at halftime.

 

 

Minnesota came out of the break on a 6-2 run to trim Utah's lead to five, 41-36. The Utes still held the five-point lead with six minutes left in the half, 47-42, but back-to-back Utah threes sandwiched around a Minnesota field goal pushed Utah's lead back up to nine, 53-44, with 4:51 left. Minnesota couldn't get any closer the rest of the way as Utah went on for the 12-point victory.

After playing six of the first nine games on the road, a three-game home stand is ahead of the Utes. It starts one week from today when Utah hosts in-state rival Utah State at the Hunstman Center on Dec. 15.

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