The University of Utah women's basketball team opened exhibition play with an 86-57 victory over Montana-Western Thursday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The Utes' veterans looked to be in midseason form. Forward Kim Smith hit her first four shots, all three-pointers, finishing with 24 points and nine rebounds. Point guard Shona Thorburn scored 17 points and dished out eight assists.
"I think it was a good game, you could tell it was the first game for us. Defensively we really need to improve and we need to work on that. But offensively we're doing some good things," Smith said. "It was a great chance to finally work together instead of against each other on the court."
Smith finished 9-of-12 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from three-point range for her 24-point night. Thorburn was 6-of-8 from the floor and hit her only trey. Morgan Warburton (Fr., Price, Utah) was the only other Ute in double figures, tallying 10 points in her first collegiate game. Heidi Carlsen (Jr., St. George, Utah) tallied nine points, including two three-pointers. All 14 Utah players saw action with 10 of them putting notches in the scoring column. The Utes out-scored Montana-Western 13-0 off the fast break and 30-11 in points off turnovers. Utah also held a 23-4 advantage in second-chance points.
UTAH PRICE 66, UTAH STATE 65: At Logan, Jill Adams scored the game-winning basket with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Utah Pride, a team made up of former college basketball players , a narrow 66-65 win at Utah State Thursday.
Adams scored 12 points and recorded a game-high 13 rebounds as the Pride dominated the second half.
USU shot 40.5 percent from the field in the first half and made 38.5 percent of its second half attempts, but were held to 11 fewer shots after halftime. Utah Pride made 20 of 24 free throw attempts, while the Aggies were just nine of 14 from the charity stripe.
Utah Pride outscored USU in the second half 41-29 in getting the come from behind victory.
Besides Hagen and Richards' 12 points apiece, Ali Marchant, formerly Ali Aird, and Brittany Tressler each scored eight points for the Aggies.
Utah State will open its regular season hosting Montana on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
SOUTHERN UTAH 86, TEAM CONCEPT 59: At Cedar City, freshman Cash Connors led all scorers with 20 points off the bench, including 6-of-9 from perimeter, to lead Southern Utah to a convincing 86-59 victory over Team Concept in the Thunderbirds' exhibition opener Thursday night .