Solid Defensive Effort Not Enough for UVU Women in Logan

Taylor Huber

Jan. 7, 2012

Box Score

LOGAN, Utah -- Despite holding the Aggies to just 32 percent shooting, UVU couldn't overcome its own shooting woes, dropping a 61-43 decision to Utah State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday afternoon.

The Wolverines (6-9) and Aggies (9-5) appeared poised for a dogfight early on as the two teams battled to an 11-11 tie just past the midway point in the first half. The defensive struggle produced four ties and four lead changes in the early going.

"We came out with intensity and commitment on the defensive end," said UVU head women's basketball coach Cathy Nixon. "It was probably one of our best defensive games and that's what gave us a chance."

UVU's first-half defensive success was undone by a poor shooting stretch late in the half, which allowed the Aggies to take a 28-16 lead into the break.

"We're just having a hard time making baskets right now. Had we been able to couple those defensive stands with some baskets, we would have been in a better position to make a run at it in the second half."

The Wolverines' offense found more of a rhythm in the second frame but was unable to break the double-digit hump, as the Aggies held on for the 61-43 victory.

Whitney Jenkins led UVU with nine points on 4-of-9 shooting while Sammie Jensen added seven points to her game-high 11 rebounds.

Utah State finished with four players in double figures, led by 13 points apiece from Ashlee Brown and Brooke Jackson.

UVU returns to the UCCU Center Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. matchup with Longwood.