Feb. 23, 2012
HOUSTON -- Taylor Huber and Jenna Johnson combined for 25 points off the bench and sparked a late first half run to propel the Utah Valley University women's basketball team past Houston Baptist University 62-41 Thursday night in Sharp Gym.
"We need to have more consistent perimeter scorers and tonight was just a really good team effort indicative of what we can get when we have balanced scoring," said UVU head women's basketball coach Cathy Nixon. "I'm happy that we had kids come off the bench and play well and to see that we have multiple kids who can come in and hit shots."
The Wolverines (13-12, 5-2 GWC) found themselves in a tight ballgame early as they led just 15-12 midway through the first half after Devyn Weymouth buried a deep three for the Huskies (1-23, 0-7 GWC). But UVU would close out the half on a weighty 13-4 run to take a 26-16 lead into the locker room.
Johnson buried a midrange jumper to spark the rally and then Huber took over from the outside. The freshman knocked down a pair of treys and sank a smooth 15-footer for eight first half points. Johnson and Huber combined for 12 of UVU's 13 points during the stretch.
The margin never dipped below double digits for the Wolverines after halftime. A layup from Alle Finch off an inbounds pass from Abbie Beutler pushed the lead to 16 at 36-20 with 15 minutes to play, but HBU would cut the deficit to 12 five minutes later after another three from Weymouth. But UVU pieced together an 11-4 run to seal the game, highlighted by jumpers from Finch and Johnson and an offensive putback from Kaycee Mansfield.
"We had great second efforts tonight and a lot of kids doing the hard things, getting lose balls and being scrappy," said Nixon.
The run put the Wolverines up 51-32, and the lead would swell to as many as 23 when Kali Roche dropped in a layup with 2:07 left.
Huber's team-high 13 points came on 5-of-9 shooting and a 3-of-7 mark from three. Johnson, the only other Wolverine in double figures, scored 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Finch scored nine and Whitney Jenkins added eight.
Erika Newbold turned in a balanced game, scoring six points, grabbing a game-high 9 rebounds, and snatching three steals. Leading scorer Sammie Jensen also had a comprehensive stat line with six points, five rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
HBU was led by 16 points from Weymouth.
UVU remains in the Lone Star state for its final road contest of the season when it travels to Edinburg, Texas, for a matchup with Texas-Pan American. The Wolverines won the first meeting with the Broncs 66-51 in Orem behind 21 points and 10 rebounds from Sammie Jensen.