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No. 14 Utah 97, Air Force 54

January 23, 1998

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Julie Krommenhoek scored 23 points and became the Western Athletic Conference’s career scoring leader as No. 14 Utah defeated Air Force 97-54 Thursday night.

Krommenhoek, who also hit six 3-pointers, topped Teresa James’s WAC mark with her trademark shot, a 3-pointer from the right wing with 16:37 to play in the second half.

``I just wanted to get it out of the way,″ Krommenhoek said. ``It hasn’t been a focus for me until tonight.″

The Utes (15-0, 6-0 WAC) remained undefeated by shooting 64 percent and outscoring Air Force 53-23 in the second half. The Falcons (5-11, 0-6) had just seven field goals after halftime.

Utah controlled play from the opening tip. Up 44-31 at halftime, the Utes made a 23-4 run over the first 5:21 of the second half to put the game out of reach.

Twelve Utes scored in the game, and all 13 played at least six minutes.

``We got a good effort one through 13,″ Elliott said. ``We had the kind of focus I like.″

Angie Thill added 23 points for Utah. Alli Bills, who became the WAC’s career assist leader on Sunday, contributed nine assists, eight points and eight rebounds. Laura Ross Allen had seven points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Elycia Hall led the Falcons with 16 points, while Sara Fortna added 12.

Utah outrebounded Air Force 48-31 and had 28 assists. The Utes broke a team record by attempting 26 3-pointers in the game and tied another team record by hitting 12.

Krommenhoek has 1,853 points in her Utah career. She became the school’s career leading scorer earlier this season.

``I tried to concentrate on just taking the shots I normally take,″ Krommenhoek said. ``We didn’t want to let down against these guys.″

``I’m just so happy for her,″ Utah coach Elaine Elliott said. ``It couldn’t happen in a better way.″