Nov. 21, 1997
OGDEN, Utah -- Alli Bills scored a game-high 14 points and dished out seven assists to lead Utah to a 69-48 opening-night win over cross-state rival Weber State at the Dee Events Center.
Sophomore center Kristi Rose scored 13 points and pulled down seven boards in 35 minutes of play in her first collegiate start for Utah (1-0). Julie Krommenhoek scored all of her 11 points in the second half. Laura Ross Allen had 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting in 17 minutes off the bench. Angie Thill had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Brianna O'Brien led Weber State (0-2) with 10 points and six rebounds. Sunny Robinson grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Wildcats outboard the Utes, 44 to 41.
Utah outshot Weber State 46.4 to 33.3 percent from the floor. The Utes made 15 of 21 free throws. The Wildcats made just one of two attempts at the line. Weber State committed 23 turnovers to Utah's 11.
Utah jumped out to 12-4 lead on a 14-footer by Rose at the 11:46 mark in the first half, and then went on an 8-0 run to pull away for good, 20-4, on a Bills 15-foot jumper from the right side of the lane at the 7:47 mark. The Utes' largest lead of 30 points (50-20) came with 12:57 remaining on two free throws by Tiana Fuertes.
"I was very pleased with our offensive execution," said Ute head coach Elaine Elliott. "This is probably the best offensive team I've had this early in the year. As with any opening game, I'm going to look at the film and see some things that we still need to work on. We didn't board very well at times, but that is the area where our losses from last year (three starters in the front court) really hurts us. I was very pleased with the efforts of Alli Bills and Kristi Rose."
Utah opens its home schedule against UC Irvine next Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.