Joh-Teena Filipe and the Utes host San Diego State Thursday night.
Jan. 2, 2007
Game #14 - Utah (7-6, 0-0) vs. San Diego State (7-4, 0-0)
7 p.m. MST - Thursday, January 4
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Salt Lake City
Radio: Sports Radio 700 The Zone
Audio Stream/Video Stream/Live Stats: www.UtahUtes.com
Utes Host Aztecs in MWC Opener
The University of Utah women's basketball team hosts San Diego State Thursday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. It is the Mountain West Conference opener for both squads.
Utah wrapped up non-conference play with a 7-6 record. The Utes dropped a 60-57 decision to Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Utah trailed the entire contest vs. the Hoyas. San Diego State is coming off a 76-42 setback at the hands of George Washington, dropping its record to 7-4. The Aztecs had won six straight prior to the loss to the nationally-ranked Colonials.
This is the second time Utah and San Diego State have met in the Mountain West Conference opener. Utah is 5-1 all-time in MWC lid-lifters, while San Diego State holds a record of 1-5 in MWC openers.
Utah Fast Breaks
Utah is 6-0 this season when scoring 66 points or more.
Five Utes have fouled out of games this season, compared to 10 for the opponents.
Utah has scored less than its opponent in the second half just four times this season. The Utes are 1-3 in those games, with the lone win coming in double overtime.
The Utes are averaging 13.8 offensive boards per game, compared to 9.8 for the opposition.
Utah is 6-1 in Mountain West Conference openers and 3-0 when those games were at home.
The Utes are 17-6 in conference openers under Elaine Elliott and 24-8 all-time in their first conference game of a season.
Utes Bangin' Boards
Utah has been dominant on the boards throughout non-conference play in 2006-07. The Utes have won or tied in the rebounding battle in 12 of 13 games. Utah has out-rebounded the opposition by seven or more in 10 of its 13 contests. Utah's average rebound margin of +8.7 is easily the best in the Mountain West Conference. Utah's 15-rebound edge against Georgetown Saturday marked the sixth time Utah has held a double-digit advantage on the boards. The Utes are also tops in the MWC in rebounding defense, giving up just 30.7 caroms a contest.