It is a good sign for the Utah women's basketball team that it could be not 100 percent focused on an opponent and still blow them out of the water.
The Utes (9-1), who finish their nonconference schedule at 3 p.m. Saturday against North Dakota (4-6) in the Huntsman Center, entered the Christmas break by taking care of UC Irvine, 58-42. The 16-point difference was not indicative of a game that saw the Anteaters miss 23 consecutive shots.
If everything goes according to script, Utah team should enter its Pac-12 season opener Jan. 4 against visiting California with confidence. North Dakota, which is playing the Utes for the first time, recently lost to Southern Utah and Northern Colorado.