Leilani Mitchell had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Utah beat Weber State.
Dec. 21, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's basketball team (9-3 overall) came out of the gate to play crushing defense which vaulted it to the 71-45 victory over in-state rival Weber State here this evening.
The win races Utah's winning streak out to four games, and it drops WSU to 6-4 on the year.
The Utes forced the Wildcats to miss their first five shots, and Utah also had five blocks in the first 12 minutes. All of that led to a seven-point, 11-4 lead. The Wildcats finished with only six first-half field goals, and they shot a meager 21.4 percent (6-for-28) in the first 20 minutes.
The home team would never look back from that point as it took the commanding 34-16 lead into the break.
Morgan Warburton scored the first bucket of the second half, upping Utah's lead to 20 points, 36-16. The Utes' lead never dipped below 20 points the rest of the way as they cruised to the 26-point blowout.
Utah had a pair of double-figure scorers tonight as it shot an impressive 53.7 percent (29-for-54). Leilani Mitchell led all players with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. The senior point guard was everywhere for Utah tonight as she finished with a game-high eight rebounds and seven assists. She added a steal for good measure.
Warburton was the other top offensive producer for Utah. She finished with 18 points, hitting 7-of-10 attempts. She also had seven rebounds and six helpers on the night.
The Utes limited Weber State to just 29.6 percent (16-for-54) shooting. They held the 43-24 edge under the glass, and out-blocked WSU, 7-3. Sara Tuomi finished with a team-best 16 points for Weber State. She was also its top rebounder with seven caroms.
Utah takes seven days off before it plays at Long Beach State on Dec. 29. Tipoff in the Pyramid is set for 3 p.m. (MT).