Kalee Whipple scored a career-high 24 points last Saturday vs. Air Force.
Jan. 26, 2007
Utah, BYU to Clash for MWC Lead Saturday
The University of Utah women's basketball team hosts Brigham Young University at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Utes and Cougars are the only remaining undefeated teams in Mountain West Conference play. Both teams come into the contest with a 6-0 league mark.
BYU comes into Saturday's contest after defeating San Diego State 54-49 in San Diego Thursday night. Dani Wright paced the Cougars with 12 points, while Mallary Gillespie added 10 against the Aztecs.
BYU won the matchup in SLC last year. But Utah returned the favor in Provo and beat the Cougars in the MWC Tournament title game.
Utah Fast Breaks
Elaine Elliott became the 32nd NCAA Division I women's basketball coach ever to record 500 wins Jan. 11. She's the 25th active coach to reach that milestone.
Utah is 9-0 this season when scoring 66 points or more. The Utes are 5-0 when holding opponents below 50 points.
Utah has allowed an average of just 51.7 points per game in league play, 2nd in the MWC.
The Utes have been the best free-throw shooting team since conference play began, converting at a rate of .856 from the charity stripe.
Utah's field-goal percentage defense in MWC play (.328) is tops in the conference.
Utes Kicking Glass
Utah has been dominant on the boards throughout this season. The Utes have won or tied in the rebounding battle in 18 of 19 games. Utah has out-rebounded the opposition by seven or more in 14 of its 19 contests. Utah's average rebound margin of +8.1 is tops in the MWC by more than three rebounds per game. Utah's 10-rebound edge against TCU on Jan. 18 marked the eighth time Utah has held a double-digit advantage on the boards this season. The Utes are also tops in the MWC in rebounding defense, giving up just 31.0 caroms a contest.
Mo Knows the MWC
Sophomore guard Morgan Warburton (Helper, Utah) has scored in double figures in 16 of Utah's 19 games this season. She is the team's leading scorer, averaging 15.1 points per game, which also ranks sixth in the Mountain West Conference. But Warburton has stepped up her game since the beginning of league play. She is averaging 16.3 points per game in Mountain West action, which is the top mark in the conference. Warburton also ranks No. 3 in assists per game since the beginning of the league schedule.