Dec. 29, 1997
SALT LAKE CITY -- Julie Krommenhoek scored a game-high 22 points, and Alli Bills dished out a season-high 12 assists and added eight points and five rebounds as 25th-ranked Utah blew out Idaho in the second half to cruise to a 71-45 win at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Utah improves to 9-0, continuing the best start in school history after an eight-day Holiday break. Idaho falls to 3-8.
Krommenhoek, who had 14 points in the second half, went 9-for- 17 from the field. Kristi Rose had nine points and four boards. Amy Alcorn, Amy Ewert and Kristina Anderson each added seven points.
Alli Nieman scored 11 points to lead the Vandals. Utah outshot Idaho 57.1 to 34.0 percent from the field for the game. The Utes outscored the Vandals 42-22 in the second half, shooting 63.6 from the field and 42.9 percent (3-for-7) from three- point range. The Utes also had a 33 to 30 edge on the boards, and posted 19 assists and 12 steals.
Leading 29-23 at halftime, Utah scored the first eight points of the second half thanks in part to two three-pointers by Krommenhoek in the first minute and a half. The Utes went on a 23- 10 run in the first eight and a half minutes to pull out to a 52-33 lead.
"The first 20 minutes of the game we got beat on the boards and didn't respond to the physical game Idaho was playing," said Utah head coach Elaine Elliott. "We got complacent and we just didn't respond. The last 20 minutes of play was night and day. We had some nice play from our freshmen off the bench."
Utah entered the Top 25 for the first time in school history on Monday, ranked 25th by USA Today/ESPN. The Utes are 26th in the A.P. Poll.
"It's awesome, and it's about time," said Krommenhoek on the ranking. "We've had a lot of nice wins on the road this year, and we beat 24th-ranked Arkansas a few weeks back. It's nice to see some people's eyes have opened up to us. Now the challenge is to stay here and keep moving up."
"It's been a long time coming," said Elliott. "This is a nice thing for our program and these kids."
Senior forward Angie Thill went out of the game early in the second half with an injury to her left knee. She will be examined on Tuesday. Her status for this weekend is questionable.
Utah opens Western Athletic Conference play against UTEP on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Huntsman Center.