Angie Thill scored 22 points and posted nine boards and Julie Krommenhoek added 18 points to lead No. 20 Utah to a 74-58 win at UNLV on Thursday night.
Thill, who narrowly missed her career high by one point, shot 9-of-13 from the field on her 23rd birthday. Krommenhoek exploded for four 3-pointers and 16 points in the second half.Lindsay Sodja had 11 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. Kristi Rose also had 11 points. Alli Bills had a game-high 12 assists and eight points for the Utes (20-3, 10-3 WAC). The win gave Utah its fourth-consecutive 20-win season. Taneisha Gossett led the Lady Rebels (4-21, 3-10 WAC) with 12 points. Liz Wolfe added 10.
Leading 35-27 at the intermission, Utah utilized a jumper by Thill, a 3-pointer from Krommenhoek, a layup by Thill and two free throws by Krom-men-hoek to rattle off a 9-1 run during the first two minutes of the second half. The Utes took control of the game from there, and lead by as many as 23 points (72-49) with 3:55 to play.
With a win at Air Force on Saturday, Utah can wrap up a tie with Colorado State for first place in the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division.
BYU 78, CSU 66: - In Colorado Springs, Kari Gallup's 26 points were more than enough for the BYU women to defeat the Air Force Academy 78-66 in WAC basketball Thursday.
Gallup became BYU's leading scorer from 3-point range, picking up four in the game for a total of 182 in a career, a school record.
BYU improved to 11-13, 5-8. The Falcons fell to 5-19, 0-13.