Utah coach Elaine Elliott isn't looking at today's game with Eastern Michigan as her team's final tune-up before Mountain West Conference play.

"I really want to avoid thinking of it that way. We just want to keep the momentum and not really look at it as having to make any switches," she said. "We're just trying to work every day and work every game to be a little bit better and be at our best at the end."

The Utes (10-3), who open league play Wednesday at Air Force, enter their final preseason game on a roll. They've won five straight and nine of their past 10 outings.

"I think that the kids have really done a nice job," Elliott said. "I'm really pleased with their direction and their focus."

The team's primary goal, she added, is to keep playing well and continue gaining experience in terms of style of games.

Utah, thus far, has benefited from a variety of contributions.

Senior point guard Leilani Mitchell, a transfer from Idaho, where she netted All-America honors, has blended in well. She leads the MWC with 7.23 assists per game and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.92 (second-best in the league).

Mitchell, who averages 16.8 points per game, is part of a high-scoring trio that includes junior Morgan Warburton (17.1 ppg) and Kalee Whipple (13.7 ppg). All three rank among the conference's top-10 scorers.

Utah's starting line-up is shooting .507 percent from the floor.

Forward Katie King tops the MWC at .538.


U. women's basketball

Eastern Michigan (6-5) at Utah (10-3)

Huntsman Center

Today: 4 p.m.

TV: None; Radio: 700AM


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