Kim Smith broke the Mountain West Conference all-time scoring record Wednesday.
Feb. 17, 2006
No. 25 University of Utah (18-5, 9-3) at Air Force (12-11, 3-9)
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006 - Clune Arena (5,939)
Colorado Springs, Colo.
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Utah Wraps Up Road Trip at Air Force
The No. 25-ranked University of Utah women's basketball team wraps up its road trip to Colorado Saturday afternoon at the Air Force Academy.
The Utes enter the contest with a five-game winning streak. Utah is 18-5 overall and 9-3 in Mountain West Conference action. The Utes are now alone in second place in the MWC, after New Mexico was upset Wednesday night at Wyoming.
Air Force enters the contest with a 12-11 record. The Falcons are just 3-9 in league action, however. AFA holds two conference wins over San Diego State and also has a victory over Colorado State.
The Falcons are coming off an 84-79 home loss to TCU on Wednesday. Air Force trailed 48-37 at halftime, but managed to make a game of it in the second half. The Falcons forced 29 turnovers by the Lady Frogs in the game, outscoring TCU 35-28 in points off turnovers. Five Air Force players scored in double figures in the contest, led by 14 from Jamie Davis.
Utah topped the Falcons 90-45 in the first matchup of the season back on Jan. 18 at the Huntsman Center.
Utah Fast Breaks
Utah has never lost a women's basketball game to Air Force. The Utes hold a 21-0 lead in the series.
Utah has won the last seven meetings in the series by an average of 31 points.
Utah won by 50 points in the last meeting at Clune Arena on the campus of the Air Force Academy. The Utes took a 97-47 victory on Jan. 20 last year.
Utah is the 11th-ranked NCAA Division I team in scoring defense (54.1 ppg).
After topping the 70-point mark in its last four outings, Utah is now the top scoring team in the Mountain West. The Utes average 68.3 points per game.
Smith Breaks Mountain West Scoring Record
Kim Smith became the Mountain West Conference women's career scoring record-holder Wednesday. She currently has 2,070 career points, after scoring 18 against Colorado State. The previous Mountain West Conference career record-holder was BYU's Erin Thorn, who scored 2,061 from 1999 through 2003.
Smith is also now just 17 points away from the Utah career scoring record. Julie Krommenhoek holds that mark. She scored 2,087 points during her Ute career, which spanned from 1994 through 1998. Smith is on pace to break that record Saturday at Air Force. Smith is just five points away from the second-place mark of 2,075 points by Deb Asper.
Larsen Leads League ... Again
Utah senior Julie Larsen is once again the top three-point shooter in the Mountain West Conference. After leading the league for a good portion of the season, Larsen had been in a bit of a slump, going 3-of-14 in four games prior to Saturday's matchup with San Diego State.
She has broken out of that slump, going 9-for-12 in her last two games. She is now shooting .505 from three-point range and leads the league..