Utah 68, Montana 42

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Kim Smith scored 17 points and grabbed
nine rebounds Tuesday as Utah overpowered Montana 68-42 in women's

The Utes (10-4) forced Montana into 24 turnovers and kept a
37-26 edge in rebounds.

Utah jumped to a 17-4 lead in the game's first five minutes, but
back-to-back 3-pointers from Montana's Katie Edwards and a jumper
from Johanna Closson cut their disadvantage to 17-12. But that was
as close as Montana (6-5) would come to a lead and Utah led 32-20
at halftime.

Montana scored the second half's first four points to come
within 32-24, but the Utes answered with a 7-0 run over the next
five minutes. Utah took its largest lead of 68-36 in the final 3
minutes, 43 seconds.

Closson led UM with 11 points and hit 4-of-5 field goals to give
her a percentage of almost 94 percent for the season and the Big
Sky Conference's top scoring mark. Edwards added 10 points.