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Whipple Lifts Utes Past TCU In MWC Quarterfinals, 68-67

Whipple Lifts Utes Past TCU In MWC Quarterfinals, 68-67



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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Freshman Kalee Whipple scored 18 points, including a game-winning, running jumper in the paint with 1.7 seconds left, for Utah in its 68-67 victory over Texas Christian at the Mountain West Conference tournament on Wednesday.

"Coach told us to get it out and run," said Whipple. "She (Morgan Warburton) passed the ball to me and I took it to the hole. I just drove."

Ashley Davis' lay-up with 11 seconds left had given the Lady Frogs a 67-66 lead.

The lead changed three times in the final 32 seconds of this quarterfinal contest, as No. 5 seed Utah (18-12) went ahead, 66-65, on Marie Warner's jumper with 32 seconds left.

No. 4 TCU (21-10) trailed by as many as 11 points during the second half, but it claimed a 61-60 lead on Davis' three-pointer with 5:01 left. The lead changed four times after that.

Warburton led the Utes with 23 points on 8-for-13 field-goal shooting. Whipple, who is from Hiko, Nev., was next with 18 points while Warner had 10. The Utes connected on 55 percent (23 for 42) of their field-goal attempts while the Lady Frogs made 38 percent (23 for 61).

Adrianne Ross topped the Lady Frogs with 26 points, including 18 in the second half. Helen Roden followed with 12 and Davis had 10.

The Utes owned a 34-24 halftime lead. They connected on 57 percent (12 for 21) of their field-goal shots compared to 30 percent (9 for 30) for the Lady Frogs in the first half. The Utes also were 5 for 7 from three-point territory with Warburton going 3-for-3. Warburton tallied 14 points on 5-for-8 field-goal shooting during the first half while Whipple had 11 during that same span.

Utah will play top seed Brigham Young in the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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