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Women's Basketball Hosts Weber State

Halie Sawyer and the women's basketball team host Weber State on Friday.

Halie Sawyer and the women's basketball team host Weber State on Friday.

Dec. 20, 2007

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Series: Utah leads, 40-5
Series Streak: Utah has won four
Last Meeting: Utah 77, WSU 43 (Nov. 29, 2006)
Last Meeting in SLC: Utah 65, WSU 38 (Dec. 7, 2005)

Television: None
Radio: KALL 700 Sports, Chris Tunis (play by play)
UtahUtes.com: Free audio/video/live stats

The Tipoff
Friday's game pits Weber State University against the University of Utah women's basketball team (8-3 overall). Tipoff in the Huntsman is set for 7 p.m. The Utes, who are receiving votes in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, are fresh off of an 85-59 win over Saint Mary's College this past Wednesday. Weber State (6-3) comes into the contest on a five-game winning streak. The Wildcats beat UC Irvine in overtime last Monday, 65-58.

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This game will be broadcast on KALL 700 Sports with Chris Tunis calling the action. Live stats, audio and video are available at www.UtahUtes.com.

Scouting the Opponent
Weber State enters the game with a 6-3 record, having won its last five. The last time out, the Wildcats escaped with a 65-58 overtime win at UC Irvine on Monday. Among the victories in its winning streak was a 65-54 home victory over MWC rival Brigham Young on Dec. 12. WSU has two players averaging double-figure scoring numbers. Leading the way for the Wildcats is Sara Tuomi with 17.1 points per game. She is also the team's top rebounder with 6.6 per game. Carla Taylor is in her 20th season on the bench at Weber State. She owns a 276-268 coaching record.

A Brief Look at the Series
A familiar opponent, Weber State and Utah will tangle on the hardwood for the 46th time in history on Friday. Utah has won four straight in the series, and that includes a 77-43 win in Ogden in November of last year. The last time these two rivals battled in Salt Lake City (Dec. 7, 2005), Utah nabbed the 65-38 win. The last WSU win in the series was a 70-59 victory in Ogden on Jan. 4, 2003. WSU's last win in Salt Lake City was Dec. 22, 1994, 61-59. The Utes have played eight of the nine current Big Sky members in their history, going 114-18 against them all-time. Weber State is Utah's first and only Big Sky opponent this year. Utah's last BSC opponent was Montana in first round of the WNIT on March 14, 2007. Utah won, 78-70.



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