Shona Thorburn is one of three seniors playing her final home game Thursday night.
Feb. 28, 2006
University of Utah (20-5, 11-3) vs. TCU (15-10, 9-5)
7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2006 - Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Radio: Hot Ticket 700 AM
TV: CSTV: College Sports Television
Audio/Video Stream: www.UtahUtes.com
Utah Hosts TCU In Important MWC Game Thursday
The No. 17/22-ranked University of Utah women's basketball team is at home Thursday for a very important Mountain West Conference game with TCU.
The Utes are in second place in the Mountain West Conference, trailing first-place BYU by just one game. A Utah victory would assure the Utes of at least a tie for second place in the conference and keep hopes of a conference title alive.
In addition, TCU is just two games behind Utah in a tie for fourth place. New Mexico is sandwiched in between, just one game behind Utah and one game ahead of TCU.
The Lady Frogs are coming off a 73-56 loss at BYU Saturday afternoon. TCU shot just 30 percent from the field in that game and was out-rebounded 51-34. Ashley Davis came off the bench to score 22 points for TCU in the loss.
Three Lady Frogs average in double figures, led by Natasha Lacy at 14.5 points per game. Adrianne Ross scores 12.6 points per contest, while Davis averages 11.4.
TCU topped Utah in Fort Worth, Texas earlier this season by a score of 69-56.
Utah Fast Breaks
Utah leads the all-time series with TCU by a count of 3-2.
This is TCU's first season in the Mountain West Conference. However, the Utes and Lady Frogs have played in the same league before. Both were members of the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division in 1997.
Utah won the first two meetings in the series in WAC play during 1997.
The Utes defeated nationally-ranked TCU 85-72 at the Huntsman Center last season in a non-conference game.
Utah is the top scoring team in the MWC. The Utes average 69 points per game.
Speed Limit 70
Utah is currently the top scoring team in the Mountain West Conference. The Utes have topped the 70-point mark in each of their last six outings and in nine of their last 12. Utah is 14-0 this season when scoring 70 points or more.
Utah's scoring average of 69.0 points per game leads the MWC and is 0.2 points per game better than second-place TCU. Utah has never led the Mountain West Conference or the Western Athletic Conference in scoring. The Utes are also currently tops in the MWC in scoring margin. Utah's average margin per game is currently at +14.5. BYU is the only other league team with a positive margin of 10 points or more. The Cougars are second with an average scoring margin of +12.3.
With nine assists last Wednesday against UNLV, Shona Thorburn shattered Alli Bills' record for career assists at the University of Utah. Thorburn finished that game with 619 total helpers, while Bills tallied 612 from 1994-98. She also ranks No. 4 in the nation in assists per game, averaging 6.88.
Thorburn is also just 32 assists shy of tying the Mountain West Conference record for assists. Mandi Moore currently holds that record with 651 set from 2001 through 2005.
Thorburn's potential to break the Utah and Mountain West Conference records are even more impressive, when considering that she played the shooting guard position as a freshman and sophomore.