Jan. 7, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Jessica Perry scored 13 points, including the winning basket with 1:34 left in Utah's 49-48 victory over No. 25 New Mexico on Sunday that snapped the Lobos' 35-game home winning streak in Mountain West Conference games.
Utah (9-6, 2-0 MWC) trailed by 14 points in the first half, but the youthful Utes shut down New Mexico's offense over the final 20 minutes.
New Mexico (10-5, 0-2) had a chance to win it, but guard Brandi Kimble missed two shots under the basket in the final 8 seconds. The loss was the first for New Mexico in The Pit in a conference game since Jan. 6, 2002.
Utah, which lost to eventual national champion Maryland in a regional final in The Pit last March, held the Lobos to 14.3 percent shooting in the second half, with New Mexico hitting just 4 of 28 shots.
Julie Briody led New Mexico with 20 points. But she didn't touch the ball in the final seconds because Utah made sure someone else took the Lobos' final shots.
New Mexico led 34-30 at halftime and opened up a 10-point lead after Dionne Marsh and Briody hit back-to-back 3s in the first minute of the second half.
Perry and sophomore Morgan Warburton kept the Utes close and Perry's 3-pointer with 4:44 left gave Utah its first lead at 45-44.
Briody, a guard, scored after posting up inside, but Warburton countered with a bankshot with 3:29 left.
Marsh, hobbled on injured ankles, hit two free throws with 1:54 left, but Perry got free underneath for the winner.
The teams traded turnovers until New Mexico got possession with 24.4 seconds left.
Warburton scored 12 points and Joh-Teena Filipe had 10 for Utah.