Jessica Perry led the way with three blocks in the win over Long Beach State.
Dec. 29, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif.-- The University of Utah women's basketball team (10-3 overall) had an easy day at the beach, so to speak, as the Utes dealt Long Beach State a 74-46 knockout blow here in Walter Pyramid this afternoon.
It was Leilani Mitchell who helped Utah take control of the game early in the first half. The game was tied 5-5 with four minutes gone when the Utes engineered a 12-2 run. The team held the 17-7 lead as a result, thanks in part to the eight-point output by Mitchell. She finished with 17 first-half points as Utah owned the 37-20 lead at the break.
LBSU tumbles to 2-9 on the year, and it has lost seven of its last eight games.
The Utes finished the game shooting 50.9 percent (28-for-55) as Mitchell paced them with a season- and game-high 24 points. She shot an impressive 9-for-16 from the field, and she also had seven assists. It is Mitchell's second straight 20-point game, her fourth of the season.
Long Beach State attempted to rally in the second half. Utah's 17-point halftime cushion got trimmed to 10 points, 45-35, with 12:16 left in the game. But Morgan Warburton turned it on in the second 20 minutes. The junior poured in 21 points (on 7-for-13 shooting) for the game. She tallied 12 of those points in the second half. Warburton has scored in double figures in all 13 games this year, and has had 20-point outings in three of the last four games.
The Utes held the home team to just .340 shooting (18-for-53), and they held the commanding 42-30 lead on the boards. It was Katie King's 12-rebound effort that led the Utes under the glass. Jessica Perry added seven caroms to the total. Both of them scored five points each.
All nine Utes played in today's game, and all of them scored to help Utah in its winning effort.
Utah's first-half lead reached double digits when Utah took the 21-11 lead with 10:52 remaining. The visitors still owned the 10-point cushion, 28-18, with 5:13 left, but they closed the first half with an 11-2 run to take the commanding halftime lead.
The Utes return to action when they host Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tipoff in the Huntsman Center is set for 4 p.m.