Jan 3, 1998
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Utah outscored New Mexico eight to one in the final three and a half minutes and came back from a 26-23 halftime deficit to defeat the Lobos, 57-48, on Saturday afternoon at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The 25th-ranked Utes remain undefeated with an 11-0 overall record and a 2-0 mark in Western Athletic Conference play. New Mexico falls to 11-3 and 1-1 in the WAC. All three of UNM's losses have come to Top 25 teams.
Utah was led by a game-high 16 points from Julie Krommenhoek, who shot three-of-six from three-point range. Freshman Kristina Anderson had a career-high 13 points, making both of her three-pointers, and had seven rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Alli Bills also had 13 points and a game-high eight assists. Laura Ross Allen posted nine rebounds and eight points.
The Lobos' Jennifer Williams equalled Krommenhoek with 16 points, but was limited to four points in the second half. Abby Garcheck had 12 points, nine below her season average of 21.0 ppg.
Utah's veteran players made some big plays to preserve the lead in the last two minutes. Leading 51-48 with 1:17 to play, Bills made a 17-footer from the right wing with the shot clock running down. Krommenhoek picked Tamika Stukes' pocket with 42 seconds remaining and got the outlet pass to Bills who was fouled. Bills made both ends of the one-and-one to put the Utes in front by seven.
"Big players make big plays," said Utah head coach Elaine Elliott. "We did a nice job of executing in the last two or three minutes."
Utah outshot UNM 38.3 to 33.9 percent for the game and 44.0 to 31.0 percent in the second half. The Lobos had the edge on the boards 43 to 34.
"We got outrebounded and our inside play, with the exception of Kristina Anderson coming up in the second half, wasn't very good," Elliott continued. "But Rosco (Laura Ross Allen) pulled some big boards late and our senior guards made some big plays. I can't take credit for those. Those are player's plays. We found a way to win."
Utah hosts Brigham Young next Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (MST).