While Fresno State came up one win short of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season this year, following a loss last week to Wyoming in the Mountain West Conference championship game, the game took Utti from a fifth-place finish at state as a freshman in 2014 and third-place as a senior in 2017, to an outstanding Division I basketball career at Fresno State, highlighted by a conference Player of the Year award in 2020. Throughout it all, Utti always gained strength from the hometown support she received from good ol’ Seaside. “Seaside has always been one of my biggest support systems, all the time,” said Utti, who is closing in on her degree in business finance. “I see the different posts on Facebook and the articles, so I really appreciate the support throughout my past four years.”

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