|Julie Krommenhoek scored a season-high 29 points (File photo).|
POCATELLO, Idaho - Utah continued its great start to the '97-98 season with a 75-58 win over Idaho State on Tuesday night at Holt Arena.
The win improved the Utes' record to 6-0, tying the all-time best start in school history set in 1976-77. Utah could eclipse the mark on Saturday night at Montana.
Julie Krommenhoek had a season-high 29 points, missing the arena record by four points. Krommenhoek shot 10-for-22 from the field and 4-for-9 from three-point range. She also had six steals and five assists in 38 minutes of play. Angie Thill had 21 points and seven boards. Alli Bills posted 13 points and a game-high eight assists. Kristi Rose had a game-high 11 rebounds.
Holly Togiai led Idaho State with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mandi Ortega posted 15 points and eight boards.
Utah outshot ISU 46.8 to 37.3 percent from the field. The Utes also went 6-for-12 from three-point range, while the Bengals were 5-for-16. Utah outrebounded Idaho State, 42 to 34.
Leading 18-14 with 7:53 remaining in the first half, Utah broke the game open late in the first half by scoring 17 unanswered points over the next 5:22 to make it a 21 point game (35-14). Thill scored a layup and converted two three-point plays as part of the run. Utah had the game well in hand at the break, leading 41-21.
Idaho State (5-1) made an 11-2 run to start the second half to come within 43-32 with 17:05 remaining. A layup by Thill at the 16:45 mark stopped the rush, and the Utes had the lead built back up to 20 points (54-34) with 13:02 to play. The Bengals came no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
"This was one we were just happy to get out of the way," said Ute head coach Elaine Elliott. "We just got home for the day after a road trip and had to bus up here in bad weather. They came at us at about 100 percent and we played at about 75 percent."
Utah's win was aided by 24 points off of ISU turnovers.
"They committed so much effort to the boards that we got a lot of points off of turnovers and in transition," said Elliott.