Morgan Warburton insists there's not a big secret to Utah's success.

"Everybody's in it to win," she said. "And everybody wants to play really hard."

The approach has served the 19th-ranked Utes well. They enter today's Mountain West Conference game at San Diego State with 15 straight wins — the second-longest active streak in the nation.

Their last loss was a 62-45 setback at USC on Dec. 3.

Utah's rise to national prominence has been paced by the high-scoring trio of Leilani Mitchell (17.4 ppg), Warburton (17.3 ppg) and Kalee Whipple (14.3 ppg) — as well as the inside play of posts Katie King and Jessica Perry, who are teaming up to average 13.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Accurate shooting has also been beneficial to the Utes. They currently rank in the top five nationally in shooting from the field (48.0 percent) and 3-point range (39.5 percent).

Utah's league-leading accuracy proved beneficial against San Diego State earlier this season. The Utes went 24-of-43 from the field en route to a 74-62 victory over the Aztecs on Jan. 16 in the Huntsman Center. Warburton, Mitchell and Whipple combined to score 56 points in the win.

Another positive outcome against SDSU will extend Utah's winning streak to 16 — matching a season-opening run by the 1997-98 team.

The only longer streak came in 1976-77 when the Utes won a school-record 18 games in-a-row.

Utah (20-3) returns home to face BYU Tuesday night.


Women's basketball

No. 19 Utah (20-3, 9-0) at San Diego St. (13-9, 4-6)

Today, 3 p.m. (MST)

Cox Arena, San Diego

TV: None Radio: 1280 AM


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