Above the rest

As if Kim Smith didn’t already have enough accolades, the four-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Year shattered the U career scoring record on March 19, leading the Utes to a 79-53 battering of Air Force.

With 17:26 remaining in the game, Smith hit a jumper to score career points 2,087 and 2,088, passing Julie Krommenhoek (1994-98) to claim the U women’s scoring throne.

“It’s an honor,” Smith said of the achievement. “It’s really a testament to my teammates and coaches.”

Smith finished the game with 24 points, giving her 2,094 for her career.

Fellow senior Shona Thorburn-who has started alongside Smith all four years-finished with 13 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Alecia Steele led the Falcons in the loss with 16 points and five rebounds.

The Utes have never lost to the Falcons, and they never let that streak fall into jeopardy in the March 19 game.

After taking a 39-26 lead at the half, the Utes led by as much as 29 points in the second half, as they continued their mastery of Air Force, beating them for the 22nd-straight time.