Jan 10, 1998
SALT LAKE CITY -- Julie Krommenhoek had a game-high 19 points and Kristi Rose contributed 10 points and nine rebounds as Utah defeated Brigham Young, 63-46, on Saturday afternoon at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Utah tied the third-longest winning streak in school history with the win, pushing its record to 12-0 overall and 3-0 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Cougars fell to 5-8 and 0-3 in league action.
Krommenhoek shot 6-for-12 from the field and 5-for-8 from three-point range in 39 minutes. Alli Bills dished out a game-high 11 assists and had six points. Senior forward Angie Thill, in her first game back after sitting out two contests with a knee injury, had nine points and eight boards. Amy Ewert went 3-for-5 and scored nine points in 19 minutes off the bench.
BYU had a balanced attack with Angela Burgess scoring nine points. Kari Gallup and April Hayes each had eight points.
Utah outshot BYU 46.0 to 35.8 percent from the field for the game, cooling off from a 53.8 percent clip in the first half. The Utes also had the edge on the boards, 44 to 26. The Cougars doubled-up the Utes in steals, 16 to eight.
As par for the course this season, Utah opened the second half with a 7-0 run to turn a six-point halftime lead into a 41-28 advantage at the 16:21 mark. Krommenhoek hit a three-pointer from the from the top of the key in the middle of the run at the 17:08 mark.
Said Krommenhoek on Utah's early second-half spurt, "Hitting three-pointers at crucial times tends to pick you up. We also picked up the defensive intensity."
Utah's lead grew to 19 points (54-35) as Bills found Krommenhoek wide-open for a three-pointer with 7:38 to play in the second half. Thill then scored on a lay-up to make it a 21-point advantage.
"The reason that it was a close game early had nothing to do with what they did and everything to do with what we weren't doing,"said Bills, the Utes' point guard. "We had a lot of unforced turnovers."
"I was really pleased with the effort of our big kids," said Ute assistant coach Joe Legerski. "We've been hurting on the boards the last couple of games, but getting Angie Thill back really gave us a lift."
Utah hits the road next week, playing at Wyoming on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Colorado State on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.