Nov. 22, 2004
University of Utah (0-1) vs. Georgetown University (0-1)
7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 - Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah-Georgetown Fast Breaks
> This is the first-ever meeting between Utah and Georgetown on the hardwood.
> While Utah has never matched up against Georgetown, the Utes are 0-4 against teams from the Big East Conference. Utah is 0-2 against St. John's, 0-1 against Notre Dame and 0-1 against Pittsburgh.
> This is the first meeting between Utah and a member of the Big East Conference since March 24, 2001 when the Utes fell to eventual national champion Notre Dame in the Sweet 16.
> Georgetown is the first of four potential first-time opponents on Utah's schedule this season. Utah will meet up with Utah Valley State and IPFW for the first time this season. The Utes could also match up with Georgia for the first time, depending on the brackets, in Hawaii.
The Utah women leave for Hawaii Tuesday morning. The Utes will be taking part in the Rainbow Wahine Classic, hosted by the University of Hawaii, beginning Friday.
Utah will open with No. 15/15 Michigan State in Friday's first round of the tournament. That game tips off at 6:50 p.m. MST. The Utes' other two opponents and game times will are TBA, depending on results of the eight-team tournament.
Elliott has a career record of 437-179. She is the winningest coach in Utah basketball history. Elliott has led the Utah women to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, eight regular-season conference titles, three divisional crowns and five conference tournament championships. Elliott has been regarded for years as one of the best women's basketball coaches in the country. She has the longest tenure of any coach in the Mountain West Conference.
In 21 years, Elliott has had an astounding 20 winning seasons. She has been named her conference's coach of the year eight different times. Elliott has coached 28 first-team all-conference players and six players of the year.
Elliott was named the John and Nellie Wooden National Coach of the Year following the 2000-01 season.
Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy
Terri Williams-Flournoy was named head women's basketball coach at Georgetown on August 27. She is the sixth head coach in the history of Hoya women's basketball.
Williams-Flournoy had a 12-year career as an assistant coach at Georgetown (1992-96), Georgia (1996-2002) and Southwest Missouri State (2002-2004). She has been a part of nine teams which have made NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four in 1999 with Georgia.
Williams-Flournoy is a 1991 graduate of Penn State, where she was a four-year letterwinner for the Nittany Lions. Penn State won two Atlantic 10 Conference championships and participated in the NCAA Tournament three times during her playing career.
The Utes put together a 17-0 run against Stanford in Friday night's season-opener. But it wasn't quite enough as the Cardinal took a 63-57 victory over Utah at the Huntsman Center.
Junior forward Kim Smith scored 15 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to lead Utah. Four Utes were in double figures. Senior guard Lana Sitterud scored 13. Junior guard Shona Thorburn and freshman center Deanne Hanchett each scored 10 points.
Four Utah players saw the first regular-season action of their collegiate careers Friday night. Freshmen Deanne Hanchett and Jessica Perry were both in the starting lineup against Stanford. Fellow freshmen Marie Warner and Sarah Red both got some playing time as well.
Friday marked the first Utah loss in a home-opener since 1993-94. Ironically, that loss was also to Stanford.
Georgetown opened the regular season Friday night with a 67-62 loss to crosstown rival George Washington. Two Hoyas tallied double-doubles in the defeat, with Kieraah Marlow scoring 13 and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Varda Tamoulianis scored 10 and pulled down a career-high 17 boards. Mary Lisicky paced Georgetown with 14 points.
Georgetown led 32-16 late in the first half of its season-opener. But George Washington finished the first half on an 8-0 run to pull within eight, 32-24, at the intermission. GW shot 44 percent from the field, while Georgetown converted at just 34 percent. The Colonials were 17-of-29 from the free-throw line, while Georgetown was just 6-of-10.
Three Hoyas scored in double figures in the loss to George Washington. Georgetown also had three players reach double-figure rebounds in the defeat. The Hoyas lost despite out-rebounding GW by a total of 51-37.
Utes Face Strong Slate
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association released its preseason strength of schedule rankings recently. A quick study of the rankings shows the University of Utah women's basketball team will face the toughest schedule of any Mountain West Conference team in 2004-05.
According to rankings compiled by Richie Summerville for the WBCA, Utah's schedule ranks as the 55th toughest in the nation. Utah's non-conference slate -- which includes nationally-ranked teams Stanford, Oklahoma and Michigan State -- comes in as the 13th-most difficult.
Utah has a stretch of 52 consecutive games without losing back-to-back contests, dating back to Jan. 4, 2003. The last time the Utes lost twice in succession was a 53-49 loss to Montana, followed by a 70-59 loss at the hands of Weber State in non-conference play during the 2002-03 season.
Utah did not lose back-to-back games at all in 2003-04. Over the past three seasons, the Utes have suffered back-to-back losses only three times.
Utah's three upperclassmen with significant experience all saw at least 35 minutes of action against Stanford Friday night.
Junior Kim Smith led the way, sitting only briefly in the game and logging 39 minutes of floor time. Despite being in foul trouble much of the game, junior Shona Thorburn played 37 minutes. Senior Lana Sitterud was on the court for 35 minutes against the Cardinal.
Breaks are foreign to Thorburn and Smith anyway. Thorburn averaged just more than 37 minutes per game last season, while Smith was on the floor for just less than 36 minutes a contest in 2003-04.
Getting Their Feet Wet
Two of the six Utah freshmen on the 2004-05 roster were on the floor for the opening tip in their first-ever collegiate games. Two others saw action in their first time out in a Ute uniform.
Deanne Hanchett fared the best of the Utah rookies. The 6-foot-3 center scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds in her first start as a collegian. Jessica Perry contributed two points and a rebound, while also joining the starting lineup.
Smith reached double figures for the 59th time in her Utah career in the season-opener. She has failed to reach the 10-point plateau just four times in 63 collegiate games.
It didn't take Smith long to add to that impressive streak. She tallied 11 points in the first half. Smith narrowly missed the 12th double-double of her career, grabbing nine rebounds.
Shona Thorburn scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out eight assists Friday night against Stanford. Thorburn and the Utes host Georgetown Monday night at the Huntsman Center.