Kalee Whipple had her fifth double-double of the season Thursday at Air Force.
Feb. 27, 2007
Game #28 - Utah (17-10, 10-4 MWC) at BYU (20-7, 11-3 MWC)
8 p.m. MST - Wednesday, February 28
Radio: Sports Radio 700 The Zone
Audio Stream: www.UtahUtes.com
Live Stats: www.BYUCougars.com
Utes, Cougs to Battle for First Place
The University of Utah women's basketball team will be playing for a share of first place in the Mountain West Conference Wednesday night. The Utes will travel to Provo, Utah to face BYU. The Cougars currently have a one-game lead in the conference standings on the second-place Utes.
Utah enters the game with an overall record of 17-10 and a 10-4 mark in Mountain West Conference play. The Utes are coming off a 60-52 win over Air Force on Thursday. Utah will be well-rested having nearly a week off between games.
BYU comes into the contest with a 20-7 overall record. The Cougars are 11-3 in conference action, after defeating San Diego State 65-41 Saturday. BYU held the Aztecs to just 10 second-half points in that win.
Utah defeated BYU 64-54 back on Jan. 27.
Utah Fast Breaks
Utah has tied or out-rebounded its opponents in 22 of 27 games this season.
Utah holds an average rebound margin of +6.8 per game, which ranks No. 1 in the MWC and No. 19 in the nation.
Utah is 11-1 this season when scoring 66 points or more. The Utes' 70-point effort against UNLV last Thursday was their highest scoring output in the last nine games.
The Utes are 6-0 when holding opponents below 50 points.
The Utes have been the best free-throw shooting team since conference play began, converting at a rate of .818 from the charity stripe.
Utah has turned the ball over less than its opponent just seven times this season.
Whip It Good
Freshman forward Kalee Whipple (Hiko, Nev.) put together the fifth double-double of her young career Thursday night at Air Force. Whipple tallied 13 points and tied a career-high with 12 rebounds against the Falcons. Whipple was just 3-of-10 from the field against Air Force, but all three field goals were three-pointers. Included in her 12 boards were three caroms at the offensive end of the floor. Whipple is the top freshman scorer in the Mountain West Conference, averaging 10.2 points per game. She is the second-leading freshman rebounder in the league, grabbing 6.6 boards per game, trailing the leader by just 0.1 rebounds per contest.