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Utah Women's Basketball Notes - Game #23 at Colorado State

Kim Smith is 35 points away from the Utah career scoring record. (Photo by Brent Asay)

Kim Smith is 35 points away from the Utah career scoring record. (Photo by Brent Asay)

Feb. 13, 2006

Game #23

No. 25 University of Utah (17-5, 8-3) at Colorado State (8-13, 2-8)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 - Moby Arena (8,745)
Fort Collins, Colo.
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No. 25 Utes On Road This Week
The No. 25-ranked University of Utah women's basketball team will venture outside the state of Utah for the first time since Jan. 28 Wednesday. The Utes will play at Colorado State Wednesday.

Utah will stay on the road, playing at the Air Force Academy on Saturday afternoon.

Colorado State comes into Wednesday's game with a record of 8-13 overall and 2-8 in Mountain West Conference play. The Rams were off this past weekend. CSU's last outing was an 85-51 loss at the hands of New Mexico.

The Rams are currently in eighth place in the MWC. CSU's two league victories have come over ninth-place San Diego State.

Four CSU players average double-figure scoring, led by Melissa Dennett's 15.1 points per game. Dennett is also leads her team and the conference in rebounding, pulling down 8.8 boards per contest.

Utah defeated Colorado State 76-54 at the Huntsman Center back on Jan. 14. Kim Smith and Jessica Perry each had 13 points and nine rebounds in the Ute win.

Utah Fast Breaks
• Utah holds a 49-13 advantage in the series with Colorado State.
• The Utes have won the last five and six of the last seven meetings with the Rams.
• The last time Utah lost in Fort Collins was a 56-44 decision Feb. 13, 2003.
• Utah holds a 19-8 advantage in games against Colorado State played in Fort Collins.
• After topping the 70-point mark in its last three outings, Utah is now the top scoring team in the Mountain West. The Utes average 67.8 points per game.

Scoring Explosion
For the first time this season, Utah is the top scoring team in the Mountain West Conference. The Utes have topped the 70-point mark in each of their last three outings and in seven of their last nine.

Utah's scoring average of 67.8 points per game is 0.4 points per game better than second-place TCU. Utah has never led the Mountain West Conference or the Western Athletic Conference in scoring.

The Utes are also currently tops in scoring margin. Utah's average margin per game is currently at +13.7. BYU is the only other league team with a positive margin of 10 points or more. The Cougars are second with an average scoring margin of +12.5.

Smith Approaching MWC, Utah Scoring Records
Kim Smith became just the sixth Utah basketball player (male or female) to reach 2,000 points on Feb. 4 against New Mexico. She is now just nine points shy of the Mountain West Conference women's career scoring record. She currently has 2,052 career points. The current Mountain West Conference career record-holder is BYU's Erin Thorn, who scored 2,061 from 1999 through 2003.

Smith is also just 35 points away from the Utah career scoring record. Julie Krommenhoek holds that mark. She scored 2,087 points during her Ute career, which spanned from 1994 through 1998. Smith is on pace to break that record Saturday at Air Force.

The Big Sho
Senior guard Shona Thorburn has not been scoring with the same consistency this season as she did in 2004-05. But she has been contributing in many other ways.

With 11 assists against SDSU Saturday, she has been in double figures in assists five times this season and 10 times in her career. She averages 6.55 helpers per game, which is the best in the MWC and ranked 11th nationally at last report.

Thorburn is averaging 6.3 rebounds, which ranks second on the team and 11th in the MWC. She also leads the team and is No. 5 in the MWC with 2.00 steals per game.

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