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Utes-Cougars to Battle for First Place in MWC Saturday

Jessica Perry scores against BYU at the Huntsman Center last season.

Jessica Perry scores against BYU at the Huntsman Center last season.

Jan. 24, 2007

SALT LAKE CITY -- There are currently two women's basketball teams in the Mountain West Conference with unblemished league records. Those two teams -- Utah and BYU -- will square off Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center with first place in the conference on the line.

The Utes are 13-6 overall and 6-0 in MWC action. Utah opened the season 1-4, but is 12-2 since then and is in the midst of a six-game winning streak. The beginning of that streak coincided with the commencement of Mountain West Conference play.

The Utes are paced by Morgan Warburton (So., Helper, Utah), who is averaging 15.1 points and dishing out 3.3 assists per game. Warburton is also the No. 5-rated free-throw shooter in the nation, hitting at a rate of 91.4 percent (74-of-81) at the charity stripe. Joh-Teena Filipe (So., Salt Lake City) and Kalee Whipple (Fr., Hiko, Nev.) are averaging 9.9 and 9.7 points per contest, respectively.

BYU is currently 14-4 overall and 5-0 in league play. The Cougars have a road game at San Diego State on Thursday, prior to their Saturday matinee in Salt Lake City. The Cougars upset nationally-ranked Stanford in their second game of the season and were ranked in the national polls early in the year.

Dani Wright and Mallary Gillespie lead the BYU attack. Wright leads the Cougars in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg). Gillespie is right behind in scoring, with an average of 12.3 points per contest.

Saturday's game will be broadcast on the mtn.




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