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HILL’S HOT HAND BRINGS UTE WOMEN A WIN

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Kim Hill funneled in a career-high 29 points, including 20 in the first half, to lead the Utah women's basketball team to its third straight victory, 69-52, over UTEP.

Hill, who scored 10 points in a crucial first-half surge that saw Utah turn a 22-22 game into a 39-26 first half advantage, had her second career game in a row (she scored 24 against Colorado State last Saturday).The Utes, who improved to 6-10 (3-2 WAC) and secured their longest win streak of the season, put the clamps on the physical Miners (7-8, 3-2 WAC) in the game's final 24 minutes. But Hill was the show. In addition to 9-of-13 field goal shooting, she hit 8-of-9 free throws and swiped six steals.

"Kim Hill was just plain fun to watch," said Elliott. "We came in knowing that to win the game, we could not let them rebound and score in the paint. We did an excellent job of collapsing in the post."

Utah plays at New Mexico on Saturday.