GAME NOTES: Women's basketball visits conference-leading Utes

Senior guard Sara Hunter

Senior guard Sara Hunter

Feb. 1, 2008

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Game 20 
Colorado State (2-17, 0-6 MWC) at Utah (17-3, 6-0 MWC)
Feb. 2, 2008 | Salt Lake City, Utah | Huntsman Center (15,000) | 3 p.m. MT

The Series  
Overall Record:  Utah leads, 52-13
In Fort Collins:  Utah leads, 22-8
In Salt Lake City:  Utah leads, 29-4
At Neutral Sites:  Tied, 1-1
Warden vs. Utah:  0-4

Radio  
Colorado State Sports Network:  90.5 FM - KCSU
Cole Weinman:  Play-by-Play
Lance Moorman:  Color Analyst
 
Television  
None

Gametracker  
www.CSURams.com
www.UtahUtes.com

Opening Tip 
Colorado State (2-17, 0-6 MWC) concludes its two-game road swing against at the University of Utah (17-3, 6-0 MWC) on Saturday afternoon.  The Rams and Utes will meet for the 66th time in the series.  Tip is set for 3 p.m. MT at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. 

The game will be broadcast in Fort Collins on 90.5 FM KCSU, with Cole Weinman and Lance Moorman calling the action.  Live Gametracker statistics will also be available on CSURams.com.  Gametracker can be accessed by clicking the link from the women's basketball schedule page, or on the calendar at the bottom of the home page.   

The Matchup 
Colorado State comes into the matchup looking to pick up an elusive first conference win and snap a 10-game losing skid.  The Rams are coming off of an 86-52 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs on Wednesday evening in Cox Arena.  Colorado State is 0-10 on the road this season. 

Utah enters the contest with an 17-3 overall record, including a 6-0 mark in conference action.  The Utes come into Saturday's matchup on the heels of a road victory over No. 15/16 Wyoming on Wednesday evening.  The Utes have won 12 consecutive games and 16 of their last 17 dating back to Nov. 23.  Utah is 8-1 at home  

About Utah 
Head coach Elaine Elliott is in her 25th season a the helm of the University of Utah women's basketball program.  Elliott has compiled a record of 526-210 in her career, all at Utah.  This season, Elliott has guided the Utes to a 17-3 overall record, including a 6-0 mark in conference play. 

The Utes, who were selected to finish fifth in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll, have caught fire, and are riding a 12-game winning streak into Saturday's contest with Colorado State.  Most recently, the Utes defeated No. 15/16 Wyoming, 60-59, to take over the conference lead from the Cowgirls. 

After opening the season with a 91-50 victory over  UC Irvine, the Utes suffered back-to-back losses to No. 5/5 Stanford (81-77, 2OT) and vs. Marist (70-66).  However, the Utes hasve bounced back in impressive fashion, winning 16 of their last 17 contests, with the only blemish a 62-45 loss at USC on Dec. 3. 

Utah is led by junior guard Morgan Warburton, a preseaon All-MWC selection, and senior guard Leilani Mitchell - a transfer from the University of Idaho - who was the conference's preseason newcomer of the year selection.  Warburton and Mitchell have combined to average more than 34 points per game for the Utes. 

Warburton leads the Utes' scoring charge, tallying 17.5 points per contest, second in the Mountain West to UNLV's Sequoia Holmes (17.9 ppg.).  Warburton also ranks among the conference leaders in rebounding and field goal percentage.  She averages 6.1 rebounds per contest, second on team and 11th in the conference, while shooting an impressive 47.3 percent from the field, eighth in the MWC. 

Mitchell ranks just behind Warburton, scoring at a 17.2 points per game clip, third in the Mountain West.  Mitchell leads the conference in assists per game, dishing out 6.75 assists per contest, and ranks fifth in the conference shooting 48.3 percent from the field. 

Sophomore forward Kalee Whipple ranks sixth in the MWC in scoring, pouring in 14.3 points per game, and is ninth in the league in rebounding, pulling down 6.6 rebounds per game.  Whipple ranks second in the MWC in shooting percentage, hitting 52.5 percent of her shots. 

Junior forward Katie King leads the conference in shooting percentage (54.5 percent) and the Utes as a team rank first in the MWC, hitting nearly 48 percent from the floor as a team. 

Overall, the  Utes rank second in the Mountain West in scoring offense, averaging 69.3 points per contest.  Defensively, Utah allows 55.5 points per contest, which ranks third in the league. 

In addition to leading the Mountain Wes in field goal percentage, the Utes also rank as the top team in the MWC in terms of scoring margin (+13.8), 3-point field goal percentage (.388), free throw percentage (.732), and field goal percentage defense (.350).  

The Series Rundown 
Utah holds a 52-13 advantage in the all-time series with Colorado State, including a 29-4 mark when playing in Salt Lake City.  From 1998-2003, the Rams enjoyed a 6-4 stretch against the Utes, however, since the Rams' last victory on Feb. 13, 2003, the Utes have won eight consecutive games in the series.  

13-52 Overall | 8-22 Home | 4-29 Away | 1-1 Neutral
02/15/75 L, 32-49 Salt Lake City
03/10/75 W, 52-46 Flagstaff
02/07/76 L, 37-44 Fort Collins
01/29/77 L, 46-83 Salt Lake City
02/11/78 L, 52-81 Salt Lake City
02/16/79 L, 67-71 Fort Collins
01/18/80 L, 78-87 Salt Lake City
02/16/80 L, 66-77 Fort Collins
01/22/81 L, 71-85 Salt Lake City
02/25/81 L, 73-79 Fort Collins
01/09/82 W, 79-66 Fort Collins
02/05/82 L, 59-74 Salt Lake City
01/22/83 W, 77-71 Fort Collins
02/19/83 L, 71-85 Salt Lake City
02/04/84 L, 53-70 Salt Lake City
03/01/84 L, 47-69 Fort Collins
01/25/85 L, 46-73 Salt Lake City
02/14/85 L, 68-80 Fort Collins
01/25/86 L, 57-70 Fort Collins
02/18/86 L, 39-69 Salt Lake City
01/29/87 L, 41-62 Fort Collins
02/10/87 L, 60-72 Salt Lake City
02/04/88 L, 35-89 Salt Lake City
02/20/88 L, 55-65 Fort Collins
01/28/89 L, 48-64 Salt Lake City
03/03/89 L, 68-74 Fort Collins
03/10/89 L, 70-80 Las Cruces
02/09/90 L, 70-95 Salt Lake City
02/24/90 L, 53-64 Fort Collins
01/26/91 L, 49-87 Fort Collins
02/22/91 L, 51-66 Salt Lake City
01/16/92 L, 70-87 Fort Collins
02/15/92 L ,52-78 Salt Lake City
01/23/93 L, 54-81 Fort Collins
02/19/93 L, 55-71 Salt Lake City
03/10/93 L, 48-62 Salt Lake City
01/22/94 L, 50-72 Salt Lake City
02/10/94 W, 78-69 Fort Collins
03/09/94 W, 69-57 Salt Lake City
02/11/95 L, 59-76 Fort Collins
02/16/95 L, 48-62 Salt Lake City
01/25/96 L, 52-66 Salt Lake City
02/17/96 W, 78-74 Fort Collins
02/08/87 W, 79-68 (3ot) Salt Lake
02/27/97 L, 59-68 Fort Collins
01/18/98 L, 68-69 Fort Collins
02/14/98 L, 53-67 Salt Lake City
12/03/98 W, 70-69 Salt Lake City
11/23/99 W, 58-47 Fort Collins
01/22/00 L, 52-77 Salt Lake City
02/19/00 W, 57-56 Fort Collins
01/18/01 L, 51-73 Salt Lake City
02/17/01 L, 59-67 Fort Collins
01/12/02 W, 87-77(3ot) Salt Lake
02/07/02 W, 58-53 Fort Collins
01/18/03 L, 50-73 Salt Lake
02/13/03 W, 56-44 Fort Collins
01/17/04 L, 51-55 Fort Collins
02/12/04 L, 57-71 Salt Lake
01/13/05 L, 50-68 Salt Lake
02/26/05 L, 69-77 Fort Collins
01/14/06 L, 54-76 Salt Lake
02/15/06 L, 56-80 Fort Collins
01/11/07 L, 57-73 Fort Collins
02/10/07 L, 49-64 Salt Lake

Rams vs. The Mountain West 
Colorado State women's basketball is 58-64 (.475) all-time in Mountain West Conference action.

Rams on the road vs. MWC 
Colorado State women's basketball is 21-41 (.339) all-time away from Moby Arena in Mountain West Conference action.

San Diego State  Notables 
The Colorado State women's basketball team fell to 2-17 (0-6 MWC) on Wednesday with an 86-52 loss at San Diego State. 

Colorado State shot a season-best 46.5 percent from the field, but allowed the Aztecs to shoot nearly 54 percent in the contest. 

The Aztecs also forced the Rams into a season-worst 30 turnovers, while outrebounding Colorado State by a 35-23 margin.  As a result, the Aztecs converted the Rams' turnovers into 29 points, while adding 21 second chance points on 15 offensive rebounds. 

Senior Sara Hunter and freshman Elle Queen tied for the team led with 11 points, each shooting 4-for-8 from the field.  Hunter was a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range in the contest. 

Sophomore Juanise Cornell and junior Britney Minor each recorded four rebounds in the contest to lead the Rams.

Hunter and freshman Bonnie Barbee each recorded three assists in the contest and freshman forward Lauren Young recorded two blocks. 

For the Record 
Senior guard Sara Hunter continues to move up the career charts at CSU.  Against San Diego State, Hunter added 11 points to her career total and enters Saturday's contest at Utah 21 points shy of 13th on the Rams' all-time scoring list.  Hunter also drained all three of her 3-point attempts against the Aztecs, improving her career 3-point percentage to 37.4 percent, eighth on the all-time list. 

Looking Ahead 
Colorado State returns to Moby Arena on Feb. 6 to take on the New Mexico Lobos.  The Lobos (10-9, 2-4 MWC) host UNLV on Saturday at 7 p.m. MT.  New Mexico is coming off of a home loss to the BYU Cougars, 41-38, on Jan. 26.


 

 

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