Feb. 9, 2013
OREM, Utah -- Sammie Jensen returned to the lineup and showed no signs of rust, leading Utah Valley University into sole possession of first place in the Great West Conference standings with a 64-47 win over NJIT on Saturday in the UCCU Center.
Jensen, who missed the last two games due to illness, finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds. It's her 15th double-double of the year and matches the total from her first two seasons as a Wolverine.
Both UVU (10-13, 4-1) and NJIT (11-15, 3-2) entered the day in a tie for first at 3-1 in the league standings with Chicago State holding a 2-1 record.
Tina Doughty led all scorers with 16 points with Kaycee Mansfield (11) and Whitney Jenkins (10) also reaching double figures for UVU.
"This was one of our best games in terms of executing the game plan on both ends of the floor. I thought we did a fantastic job on the defensive end," head coach Cathy Nixon said. "Comparatively to the game at NJIT where they really controlled the tempo, I thought we were able to control that and work that to our advantage today."
After NJIT scored the first six points of the game, Doughty led UVU on a 17-2 run during which the Wolverines scored 13 straight and took a 17-8 lead. Doughty scored eight points during the run, capping it with a 3-point play on a layup and free throw.
Mansfield, who had nine at the half, scored with one second on the clock to give UVU its largest lead of the half, 33-21.
The Wolverines came out of the break with six straight points, taking a 37-21 lead on a Jenkins three. UVU maintained the double-digit edge, not allowing the Highlanders any life to get back into the game. Jenkins' jumper from the right wing with 7:15 left gave Utah Valley its biggest lead of 20, 56-36.
NJIT was led in scoring by 10 points off the bench from Kimberly Dweck. Rayven Johnson, the league's third-leading scorer and one of three GWC players, along with UVU's Jensen, to average a double-double, was limited to nine points but hauled in 14 rebounds.
Utah Valley will hit the road next weekend for two games; a non-conference contest at New Orleans on Thursday before getting back into league play at Texas-Pan American on Saturday. Of the three remaining Great West games this season, UVU will play two on the road before closing out the season on March 2 at home against Houston Baptist.