Kalee Whipple is the leading freshman scorer in the MWC so far this season.
Jan. 30, 2007
Game #21 - Utah (14-6, 7-0 MWC) vs. Wyoming (14-5, 5-2 MWC)
7 p.m. MST - Thursday, February 1
Radio: Sports Radio 700 The Zone
Audio Stream/Live Stats: www.UtahUtes.com
Utes On Road to Face Cowgirls Thursday
The University of Utah women's basketball team wraps up its first trip through the Mountain West Conference loop Thursday evening at Arena Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo. The Utes will put their undefeated league record on the line against Wyoming.
Utah is 14-6 overall and 7-0 in Mountain West action. The Utes are coming off a 64-54 win over BYU Saturday. Morgan Warburton tied a career-high with 25 points in the victory over the Cougars, which gave Utah sole possession of first place in the conference.
Wyoming comes into Thursday's contest with a four-game winning streak. The Cowgirls defeated San Diego State, TCU, Colorado State and Air Force in that stretch.
Utah has won 30 straight against Wyoming. But the Utes needed overtime last season and double OT in 2005 to win in Laramie.
Utah Fast Breaks
Utah has out-rebounded its opponents in 18 of 20 games this season. The only teams to beat the Utes on the boards were Pittsburgh (Nov. 24) and BYU (Jan. 27).
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 52.0 points per game in league play, tied with Wyoming for the top spot in the Mountain West Conference.
The Utes have been the best free-throw shooting team since conference play began, converting at a rate of .848 from the charity stripe.
Utah's field-goal percentage defense in MWC play (.330) is tops in the conference.
Utah has been dominant on the boards throughout this season. The Utes have won or tied in the rebounding battle in 18 of 20 games. Utah has out-rebounded the opposition by seven or more in 14 of its 20 contests. Utah's average rebound margin of +7.5 is tops in the MWC by nearly 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 31.4 caroms a contest.
Sophomore guard Morgan Warburton (Helper, Utah) is the reigning Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Week. Warburton tallied 25 points against BYU Saturday, tying a career-high. She has scored in double figures in 17 of Utah's 20 games this season. Warburton has now scored 20 points or more six times this season. She has really stepped up her game since the beginning of league play. She is averaging 17.6 points per game in Mountain West action, which is the top mark in the conference. Warburton is also the No. 5 free-throw shooter in the nation, hitting 91.1 percent (82-of-90) of her charity tosses.