From one extreme to another.
After Wednesday's thrilling 60-59 win at nationally ranked Wyoming, the University of Utah women's basketball team comes home to face cellar-dwelling Colorado State.
The clash between the top and bottom teams in the Mountain West Conference tips off today at 3 p.m. in the Huntsman Center.
Utah (17-3, 6-0) brings a 12-game winning streak into the contest the program's longest run of success since winning 15 straight in 2000-01.
Maintaining consistency is the aim of head coach Elaine Elliott.
"We need to understand it as such. I think if we understand that every game is an equal challenge it helps ward off anything like lacking performances," Elliott said. "We want to be consistent performers. We want to be a good team night in and night out. That always starts with your mental approach."
CSU (2-17, 0-6), meanwhile, has lost 10 straight outings. The Rams' only two wins this season came at home. The last one was an 84-77 decision over Pacific on Dec. 4.
On Wednesday, CSU turned the ball a season-high 30 times in an 86-52 loss at San Diego State.
Elliott, though, insists her team can't take anything for granted.
"We have to play harder than they do," she said. "Colorado State plays extremely hard. And with that in mind, any particular game is within their reach because their attitudes are so positive. Our kids have to play hard."
The Utes took sole possession of the conference lead with the victory in Laramie. Morgan Warburton, who hit a game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds remaining, paced the effort with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The latter helped Utah win the battle of the boards by a 34-21 margin."It's one of the things she does best for us," Elliott said of Warburton's ability to rebound down. "She didn't have any box out responsibilities because her matchup wasn't going to go to the glass. So it really freed her up and she went to the ball all night."
PACK THE HOUSE: Today's game is Utah's entry in the 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball's "Pack the House Challenge." The first 1,000 fans will receive a rally towel. Pizza, ice cream and tickets to upcoming games are among other giveaways planned. A free postgame youth clinic is also scheduled. Participants are asked to register online in advance at utahutes.com.
Colorado State (2-17, 0-6) at Utah (17-3, 6-0)
Today, 3 p.m.
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