LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Shona Thorburn had 25 points, eight rebounds
and five assists to lead Utah (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 22 AP) to a 73-62 victory over
North Carolina State (unranked ESPN/USA Today; No. 23 AP) at the Duel in the Desert tournament at UNLV.
Kim Smith added 22 points and nine rebounds for Utah (7-1),
which will play for the Gray division title against either Arkansas
State or Notre Dame (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP). Julie Larsen added 13 points.
Billie McDowell scored 15 points and Khadijah Whittington added
11 for the Wolf Pack (6-3). Monica Pope finished with eight
The Utes charged to a 25-16 lead in the first half before the
Wolf Pack scored 10 straight points to take a 26-25 lead with 3:16
left in the period.
Thorburn, who shot 5-for-7 from 3-point range, put the Utes
ahead to stay at 45-42 with 14:16 left in the second half. She
scored nine of Utah's last 13 points.
The teams combined for 34 3-point attempts in the first half.
The Utes shot 6-for-21 from beyond the arc and the Wolf Pack went