MINNEAPOLIS Leilani Mitchell and Morgan Warburton each had 10 second-half points in holding the Minnesota Golden Gophers at bay as the University of Utah women's basketball team (6-3 overall) tallied the 66-54 road win in Williams Arena.
Mitchell had a game-high 19 points for the game in shooting 7-for-13 from the floor. She connected on two of her four 3-point attempts. Mitchell also dished out a game-high eight assists and grabbed six rebounds.
The Utes saw three of their players in double-digits. Warburton put up 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting, and Kalee Whipple had 13 points.
The Utes shot 63 percent (17-for-27) in the first half and even held a 17-point lead midway through the first 20 minutes. Utah settled on shooting 50 percent (24-for-48) for the game as it held on for the 12-point win.
Utah limited Minnesota to just 35.8 percent (19-for-53) shooting, but the Golden Gophers held the commanding 35-27 lead on the boards. Mitchell and Katie King led the Utes under glass in with six boards each.
Leslie Knight led UM, scoring 17 points for the home team. Korinne Campbell's eight rebounds led all players this afternoon.
OAKLAND 78, SOUTHERN UTAH 56: At Rochester, Mich., Southern Utah women's basketball dropped a 78-56 decision to Oakland University in the team's final leg of a two-game road swing on Saturday night. Oakland used fresher legs, playing in its first game of the week, to improve to 5-2 and 1-0 in the Summit League while the Thunderbirds fell to 1-7 and 0-2 in the conference.
Kaila Goff led all SUU scorers with 12 to set a new career high as Anne Westwood collected a game-high 15 rebounds. Freshman Jamie Sagers also turned in a new career high with eight points off the bench in the second half.
Southern Utah will return to the friendly confines of the Centrum Arena for its next game when the Thunderbirds host the University of Portland on Dec. 17. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
SOUTH DAKOTA 81, DIXIE STATE 65: At Irvine, Calif., the University of South Dakota drained 6-of-9 three-point shots en route to a 46-28 second half scoring advantage and ran away with a 81-65 victory over Dixie State, Saturday afternoon at the 6th Annual CUI Classic hosted by Concordia University.
Jeana Hoffman led all scorers with 26 points while twin-sister Jenna Hoffman added 14 points and six rebounds. The Coyotes (8-1) shot 31-of-59 (.525) from the field and held Dixie State (4-3) to just 7 field goals after the intermission.
Dixie State was led by Denney Phommabout, who hit 7-of-12 from the field and led the Rebels with 22 points. Jessica Carver chipped in with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Maya Gross added 10 points and 5 rebounds.