Janita Badon had her first career double-double against SMU with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Jan. 2, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY - With a 28-point performance, Kalee Whipple led the Utah women's basketball team to a 72-58 victory over SMU on Saturday, Jan. 2.
It was Whipple's third-straight game with over 20 points. She also had eight rebounds. Janita Badon had her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Badon also added five steals.
Down by eight points, 23-15, with eight minutes left in the first half, Utah turned it around with a 14-0 run to take a 29-23 lead. Sasha McKinnon and Rachel Messer hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the surge, followed by a layup from Janita Badon. Whipple hit three-straight layups to cap the run. The Utes would pull away by as many as eight points in the first half and held a 30-35 lead at halftime. Whipple scored 18 points in the first half while the team shot nearly 60-percent from the floor compared to SMU's 33-percent shooting.
In the second half, both teams struggled from the floor early, and SMU was able to cut the lead to five, 39-34, with 14 minutes left before an 11-0 Utah run pushed the lead back up to 16 points, 50-34, at the 11-minute mark. Whipple went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line during the run. The Utes held as much as a 21-point lead in the second half and although a late SMU surge cut the lead down to 11, 66-55, with 1:20 left, Utah outscored the Mustangs 6-3 the rest of the way to go on to the 72-58 win.
Utah turned the ball over just twice in the second half after turning it over 11 times in the first half. The Utes also had four steals in the second half.
Brittany Gilliam led SMU with 19 points and seven rebounds, despite spending time on the bench in foul trouble. Haley Day totaled 12 points with seven boards.