Jan. 5, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Brandi Kimble scored 16 points and No. 21 New Mexico's defense halted Utah scoring leader Kim Smith's streak of double-figure scoring in a 59-42 win over the No. 22 Utes on Thursday night.
Smith, who came in averaging 19 points a game, had scored in double figures in 50 straight games. She finished with six points, hitting just three of 11 shots and missing all six of her 3-point attempts against New Mexico's changing defenses.
New Mexico (11-3, 1-0 MWC) scored its sixth straight win over Utah (9-3, 0-1) and extended its homecourt conference winning streak to 28 straight. The Lobos' last loss at home in a Mountain West Conference game was to UNLV on Jan. 6, 2002.
Katie Montgomery scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half and Dionne Marsh added 15 points. New Mexico led 31-17 at halftime and ended Utah's hopes of a second half rally by hitting its first four shots of the second half.
A basket by Abbie Letz on an offensive rebound gave the Lobos a 50-24 lead with 13:17 left. Freshman Morgan Warburton, the lone double figure scorer for the Utes with 13 points, sparked a 15-3 run by Utah that cut the deficit to 53-39 with 6:16 remaining. Warburton scored 11 points in the run, including a pair of 3-pointers and a three-point play.
New Mexico used a 2-3 zone, a man defense and full court pressure to take the Utes out of their halfcourt offense in the first half. The Utes went 6-for-31 from the field in the first half, including 1-for-14 from 3-point range.
Utah finished with season lows in points, 3-point shooting (4-of-27) and field goal percentage (26.2 percent).
Shona Thorburn, the Utes' second leading scorer, scored five points.