Katie King was one of two Utes to record a double-double against SDSU.
Jan. 12, 2009
Wednesday, Jan. 14 - Salt Lake City (Huntsman Center)
Radio: KTKK 630 (Play-by-Play by Chris Tunis)
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Military Appreciation Day
Utah will hold Military Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Jan. 14 against Air Force. Admission is free with a military ID card.
Scouting Air Force
Air Force opened the conference campaign with losses against San Diego State (79-28) and New Mexico (73-39). The Falcons have lost seven of their last eight games.
Raimee Beck leads Air Force with 13.3 points per game while Brooke Cultra is averaging 13.1 points per game. Kim Kreke is pulling down 10.1 rebounds per game and leads the team with 21 blocks and 20 steals.
King led Utah (9-6, 2-0 MWC) with 16 points and 13 rebounds for her third double-double this year. Sawyer had her second double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
The momentum began to swing Utah's way late in the first half. Tied 21-21 with five minutes remaining, the Utes closed out the half on a 12-2 run to hold a 33-23 lead at halftime. Badon had four points of the run for Utah.
San Diego State made a valiant comeback in the second half, cutting the lead to two. With Utah up by 12 (39-27) with 17 minutes left in the half, the Aztecs surged for 10 straight points to cut the Utes lead to 39-37 with 13 minutes left. However, a Kalee Whipple jumper quickly sparked an eight-point run for the Utes, and they regained their 10-point lead, 47-47.
Utah is ranked fourth in the country in free-throw percentage through Jan. 2 (79.8). For more national rankings, please see page two ... Morgan Warburton has scored in double figures in an MWC record 49 consecutive games ... Utah is 4-0 when shooting 50% or better from the field ... Deanne Stevenson started the first game of the season. She continues to struggle with chronic injuries ... in addition to point guards Hannah Stephens and Janita Badon, freshman Mandy Munns has played in 14 games this year ... Josi McDermott played in her first career game against Norfolk State. She redshirted last year and sat out the early part of the season recovering from back surgery.
After starting the season 1-4, Utah is 8-2 in its last 10 games. The Utes are on a five-game winning streak, with victories over Oregon, USC, Norfolk State, Wyoming and San Diego State.
On The Boards
The Utes have out-rebounded all but three of its opponents this year. Utah is ranked 19th in the country in rebound margin (8.5)