Utah 75, Fresno St. 49
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Junior center Amber McEwen scored 20 points Friday to lead Utah to a 75-49 win over Fresno State in the semifinals of the women’s Western Athletic Conference tournament.
The 6-foot-4 McEwen, who scored 57 points in Utah’s three wins this season over the Bulldogs, hit eight of 12 shots as the Utes advanced to Saturday’s championship game.
The Utes (22-6) will play the winner of the San Diego State-Texas-El Paso semifinal game.
Fresno State (14-14) played with just eight players. The Bulldogs, decimated by injuries during the regular season, were led by junior forward Corry Carter with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Utah used a 13-3 run in the first half to take a 37-25 lead at halftime, then broke it open with 10 straight points early in the second half. The Utes’ defense forced Fresno State into 25 turnovers.
Fresno State coach Linda Wunder conceded the shortage of players hurt Fresno State’s bid for an upset.
``Against good teams, you can’t go to different things. We basically hit a wall.″
Fresno State succeeded in holding All-WAC freshman guard Julie Krommenhoek to five points, 11 under her scoring average. But that simply opened things up for McEwen.
``They (Bulldogs) gave us the challenge of showing what the rest of our team was like,″ said Utah coach Elaine Elliott. ``The triangle and two they ran softened up their defense in some other areas.″