Jan. 26, 2012
CHICAGO --Utah Valley's modest three game win streak was snapped Thursday night as it fell to Chicago State, 69-42, in the Jones Convocation Center. CSU's Janay Dockery led all scorers with 26 points and helped limit the Wolverines to just 29 percent shooting for the game.
"It's disappointing to come and play so poorly," said UVU head women's basketball coach Cathy Nixon. "We really didn't play well in any aspect of the game. I will say that the girls were working hard, but we weren't working smart. That's something we've got to resolve. We've got a chance Saturday to rebound and try to get back on track, but obviously this is a very disappointing loss for us."
At the start, UVU (9-10, 1-1 GWC) matched CSU (4-16, 2-1 GWC) stride for stride, jumping out to a 12-10 lead after a lefty jump hook from Erika Newbold at the 12:48 mark. The Cougars, however, responded with a 14-2 run, powered by a pair of threes from Dockery, to grab a 24-14 advantage with 5:54 left in the first half.
The Wolverines, who overcame a ten point deficit on their way to defeating North Dakota last week, seemed poised for another comeback when a pair of layups from Sammie Jensen and a trey from Taylor Huber drew UVU to within five, 26-21, with 3:30 to go in the opening frame.
But it was all Chicago State from there, as the Cougars closed the half on a 10-0 run, capped by a tough, leaning three from Dockery at the halftime buzzer, giving CSU a 36-21 lead and Dockery 16 points at the break.
UVU was held without a field goal for the first six minutes of the second half, a drought finally spelled by a trey from Ashley Klemz, but by which point CSU controlled the game at 49-27. The Wolverines got to within 20 at the 9:07 mark, but would come no closer.
Jensen recorded her tenth double-double on the year in the loss, scoring a team-high 16 points and snatching a game-high 12 boards. Newbold finished the game with six points and six rebounds while Huber added in five.
UVU will look to bounce back when it concludes its conference-opening road trip in Newark, N.J., Saturday for a noon MT time tilt against NJIT at the Fleisher Athletic Center. The Highlanders enter Saturday's contest off a defeat at the hands of North Dakota, 65-55, on Thursday night. NJIT is 8-12 overall and 2-1 in GWC play.