If there was any doubt that Seaside’s Maddi Utti could play at the next level, the freshman at Fresno State has put that question to rest less than one month into her collegiate career.
Over the last four games — including starts in the last three — Utti has racked up four straight double-figure scoring efforts, while shooting a blazing-hot 71 percent (24-of-34) from the field.
The Class of 2017 Seaside High School graduate has also averaged a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game during the stretch.
In Fresno State’s 64-57 win over UC-Santa Barbara last Thursday, Utti scored a career-high 20 points, to go with eight rebounds and two assists. She was 9-for-10 from the field, and was FSU’s first true freshman to score 20 points in a game since Rosie Moult vs. Idaho, Feb. 10, 2010.
Utti is the first freshman to score 20 points in a game since redshirt freshman Taylor Thompson scored 21 at Utah State, Jan. 8, 2011.
Among Utti’s other accomplishments so far this season:
• She was the first Fresno State player to record a double-double this season when she scored 12 points with 10 rebounds in a loss at Texas State Nov. 25.
• She is the first FSU freshman to score double figures in four straight games since Jaleesa Ross in 2008.
Utti, a 5-foot-10 forward who wears No. 11, has started four of seven games, and averages 25.7 minutes per contest. She is currently the third-leading scorer for the Bulldogs, second-leading rebounder, and third in assists.
Fresno State hosts the University of Pacific tonight.