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(22) Utah 73

(7-1, 2-1 away)

(23) NC State 62

(6-3, 6-1 home)

    3:00 PM ET, December 17, 2005

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    #22UTAH 33 4073
    #23NCST 33 2962

    Thorburn powers Utah to Duel in the Desert win

    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 rebounds.

    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 4-for-13.

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