Dec. 3, 2011
OREM, Utah-- Sammie Jensen scored 22 points as Utah Valley held off Tulsa, 78-62 Saturday afternoon in the Activity Center. Jenna Johnson added 13 points in a balanced effort by the Wolverines in which they forced 19 turnovers and limited just one Golden Hurricane to double-digit scoring.
"I really feel like it was a good, complete game for us," said UVU head coach Cathy Nixon. "We had a really balanced attack, inside and outside, and we took good care of the basketball."
UVU (3-3) handled the frenetic pace established by Tulsa (2-4) at the beginning of the game, forcing six turnovers in the first ten minutes while steadily building a 16-7 lead midway through the first half.
Tulsa gradually pulled themselves to within four, at 18-14, with 7:26 remaining in the half, but Jensen would score nine points in the final seven minutes of the opening period to propel the Wolverines to a big halftime lead. When Kaycee Mansfield's follow off a Johnson miss dropped in at the buzzer, UVU headed to the locker room ahead 39-23.
Behind the inspired play of Taleya Mayberry, who scored a game-high 23 points, Tulsa seemed primed for a comeback effort out of halftime, using a 7-3 run to cut the deficit to 42-30 at the 17:16 mark. But back-to-back three point plays from Erika Newbold and Jensen pushed the lead back to 16 at 48-32, and the Wolverines would never look back, growing the lead to as many as 22 in the second half.
Jensen's 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting led UVU offensively, while Alle Finch dropped in a solid 10 off the bench to go along with Johnson's 13. Kaycee Mansfield grabbed a game-high nine boards while scoring eight points, and Abbie Beutler distributed six of the Wolverines' 20 assists for the game.
UVU returns to the court on Thursday when it hosts Weber State in the UCCU Center at 7 p.m. The Wolverines will then look to avenge a road loss earlier in the season to Southern Utah when the Thunderbirds visit Orem the following Saturday at 3 p.m.