No. 16 Utah women cruise past Mississippi Valley 109-42

Dec 1, 2022, 4:55 AM | Updated: 7:00 pm

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Alissa Pili scored 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting and No. 16 Utah rolled to a 109-42 win over Mississippi Valley State on Thursday night in the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series.

Gianna Kneepkens added 12 points and three reserves reached double figures for the Utes (7-0), led by Isabel Palmer with 13.

Zakiya Mahoney scored 20 points to lead the Delta Devils (1-6).

The Legacy Series is a basketball scheduling partnership between the two leagues. It is the first between a Power 5 and HBCU leagues, established to create a forum for games as well as promote and educate about anti-racism and social justice.

Utah made 10 3-pointers and shot 54% overall, but struggled at the line, going 17 of 32 (53%).

The Utes led 44-14 at the half as MVSU was just 5-of-25 shooting. Then Utah had a 36-18 advantage in the third quarter, easily surpassing 100 for the third time, including exhibitions. Utah has the No. 2 scoring offense at 95 points a game.

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