SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah women’s basketball team is proving it belongs among the nation’s best.

Gianna Kneepkens scored 24 points, Kennady McQueen and Alissa Pili added 21 each and No. 25 Utah routed No. 16 Oklahoma 124-78 on Wednesday night at the Huntsman Center.

“What a game,” said Utah head coach Lynne Roberts. “I am incredibly proud of our team and how we played for 40 minutes. Oklahoma is a really good team. I knew we could win and were competing to win, but I don’t know that we saw this coming. But we earned it.”

After racing to a 54-39 halftime lead the Utes (4-0) outscored the Sooners (3-1) 41-20 in the third quarter and matched the school record for points in a game.

Utah was 13 of 40 from 3-point range and shot 55% overall (45 of 82) after a blistering 64% second half and assisted on 33 of 45 baskets. They outrebounded Oklahoma 51-31 and had 10 fewer turnovers.

Isabel Palmer added 17 points, Dasia Young had 13 and Teya Sidberry 10 for the Utes.

Reyna Scott scored 15 points for Oklahoma. Skylar Vann added 12 points and Taylor Robertson and Kennady Tucker 11 each each.

“We talked about our tenacity on defense to beat Oklahoma,” Roberts said. “We had to take care of the ball and rebound to give ourselves as many chances to score as possible. We had eight turnovers, outrebounded them by 20, and then the unselfish play with 33 assists on 45 baskets; that’s tough. Everyone out there was unselfish, and when you have a group that’s playing as hard as we did, as unselfish as we did, I couldn’t be more proud. It’s a great night to be a Ute.”

The Sooners shot 41% but only made 3 of 16 from distance.

The 46-point margin between the Utes and Sooners is the most in school history against a ranked team. Previously, the record was held during the 2004-05 season when Utah took down No. 20 BYU by 24 points.
The Utes totaled 124 points tying the school record for most points in a game since the 1978-79 season when the Utes defeated Northern Arizona in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.