Eight isn't enough for the University of Utah women's basketball team.
The red-hot Utes want more.
"It's not enough," junior Morgan Warburton said after Utah extended its winning streak to eight games with a 74-62 victory over San Diego State in the Huntsman Center. "But we're happy with it."
Warburton finished with a team-high 23 points as the Utes held off the pesky Aztecs to prevail in their Mountain West Conference home opener.
"I think we did a very good job," said Utah guard Leilani Mitchell, who played all 40 minutes as did teammate Kalee Whipple.
"They're a very athletic team."
The Utes, Mitchell noted, managed to control SDSU's transition game. The Aztecs shot just 37 percent from the field and turned the ball over 22 times.
"I think we, in general, did a pretty nice job," Utah coach Elaine Elliott said. "They're very athletic. The most athletic team in our league.
"And for the most part we managed that," she added.
Wednesday's outcome upped Utah's record to 13-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play. SDSU, meanwhile, dropped to 9-6 and 0-3.
The Utes led 34-24 at halftime behind 14 points from Warburton.
"We have some weapons in that regard," Elliott said. "Morgan came out strong offensively."
The pivotal stretch also featured some tough defense. Utah held SDSU scoreless for the final 3:34 of the half while building the double-digit lead.
The Utes' lead swelled to as large as 17 points in the second half despite constant full-court pressure by the Aztecs. Things did, however, get a bit sluggish down the stretch. By game's end, the teams combined to shoot 57 free throws and 46 fouls were called.
"It was not a good game tonight. It was ugly," said Mitchell, who finished with 19 points and six steals. "... We're going to have games like that where we don't always play well. It's still good that we lasted until the end and pulled this one out."The Utes return to action Saturday night at rival BYU. Their next home game is Wednesday against New Mexico.
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