Wolverine Women Roll to Rout of Walla Walla

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Kali Roche had 10 points and eight boards in the game.
Kali Roche had 10 points and eight boards in the game.

Jan. 17, 2012

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OREM, Utah - Six players scored in double digits for Utah Valley Tuesday night and the Wolverines (8-9) set a new school record for assists in a game with 32 as UVU rolled to 104-46 rout over Walla Walla University at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Taylor Huber led the Wolverines off the bench with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three. Erika Newbold was next with 13 points, all of which came in the first half, and Jenna Johnson finished with 11 on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting night.

Sammie Jensen notched her eighth double-double on the year with 10 points and 11 boards, while Alle Finch and Kali Roche added 10 points apiece. Roche and Tasha Sanborn each grabbed eight rebounds and Cydne Mason led UVU in assists in the contest with seven.

"We focused on the process and looked pretty sharp," UVU head coach Cathy Nixon said. "We had good continuity in our intensity and our execution from everyone that came off the bench. We shot the ball well, especially from the inside. Our bench added nice depth for us as well."

UVU got off to a quick start as it jumped out to an early 28-7 lead on the Wolves just nine minutes into the contest. The Wolverines kept things rolling from there, extending their lead to a 48-18 advantage at the break.

The second half was more of the same, as Utah Valley stretched its advantage to 50-plus points down the stretch, behind 59 percent shooting for the half.

The Wolverines finished shooting 52.4 percent for the contest and scored 40 points off 24 Walla Walla turnovers. UVU recorded a season-high 20 steals and controlled the glass, outrebounding the Wolves 58-to-19.

Besides Jensen's double-double, the Wolverine junior also added six assists, three steals and two blocks in just 24 minutes of action. In all, 12 of the 13 Wolverines that saw action scored in the contest.

Walla Walla was led in the game by Johanna Uribe's 14 points.

The Wolverines will now hit the road and head to Grand Forks, N.D., to begin their 2011-12 Great West Conference season on Saturday. The game will tip at 2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT and will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports. This weekend's matchup will pair the top two teams selected in this year's preseason coaches poll, as UND was selected to win the GWC and the Wolverines were picked to finish second.