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UTE WOMEN CAPTURE THEIR 4TH STRAIGHT

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The Utah women's basketball team was zoned out Saturday afternoon but came alive in time to avert an upset bid by lowly New Mexico and win its fourth straight game, 65-56, in the Pit.

"We struggled against the zone," said Ute coach Elaine Elliott, "Because this is the first game we've faced a zone for any significant period of time. It kept us off balance. We made a new offensive call on our final four points (from the field)."Utah (7-10, 4-2 WAC) looked sluggish all game and got down 10-2 in the first three minutes to a UNM team that had managed just three WAC wins in the last three years. A pair of treys by Kim Hill and Andrea Herold prompted a spurt that moved Utah into a 26-13 lead. But New Mexico turned the tables in the second half and pulled within two (48-46) with 7:48 remaining.

Teresa Totorica, who scored 13 of her team-high 16 points in the second half, helped Utah settle down and pull away. Totorica added eight rebounds. Kim Hill scored 15 for the Utes, despite hitting just 5-of-16 field goals. New Mexico dropped to 1-16 (0-5 WAC).