Utes Come From Eight Down to Beat Huskies, 64-56

Dec. 4, 2004

Box Score

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Shona Thorburn scored 16 points and Utah held Washington to just 33 percent from the field as the Utes rallied from eight points down for a 64-56 victory over the Huskies in Salt Lake City.

Washington (3-3) hit just seven field goals in the second half, including just two in the final seven minutes of play, and failed to score baskets on consecutive possessions the entire period. The Utes (5-2) meanwhile, blistered the nets after halftime, hitting 61 percent from the field to finish at 48 percent for the game.

Utah hit six of its first seven shots to open the second half on a 23-14 run, turning UW's 29-27 halftime lead into a 48-42 deficit with under nine minutes to play. With the Huskies' shots not falling, junior Kayla Burt kept UW in the game from the free-throw line, scoring six of Washington's next eight points from line, and cutting the deficit to two, at 52-50, with six minutes to play.

Burt finished 12-of-14 from the charity stripe, career-highs in both categories, and scored 18 points, the most by any Husky in 2004.

That was as close as the Huskies would get, however, despite limiting the Utes to just one field goal in the final seven minutes of play. Utah made up for its field-goal struggles by hitting its last 12 consecutive free throws, including eight in a 10-3 run that turned its 52-50 lead into a 62-53 advantage, its largest of the night.

Washington's second-half shooting woes - the Huskies finished the half just 7-for-30 from the field ( .233) - kept the team from taking advantage of a 39-29 edge in rebounding, including a stunning 19 offensive boards. Jill Bell grabbed nine rebounds for Washington, including seven offensive, while Breanne Watson added five and Maggie O'Hara and Dominque Banks each had four.

Saturday's game was the seventh in the Washington-Utah series, but the first since 1989. Both team have defended their home floors in the series, with Utah boasting a 4-0 record in Salt Lake City, and the Huskies 3-0 against the Utes in Seattle.

Washington travels to Colorado Sunday for a Monday-night battle with the University of Denver, before returning home briefly prior to playing at Notre Dame on Dec. 11.