Dec. 18, 2010
OREM, Utah - Four Utah Valley women's basketball players reached double figures Saturday at the UCCU Center against Cal State Bakersfield but it wasn't enough as the Roadrunners (8-6) held on to narrowly defeat the Wolverines (1-9) 81-74.
UVU junior Jenna Johnson topped the Wolverines with 16 points, while sophomore Sammie Jensen notched 15, freshman Kim Bell 12 and freshman Kali Roche 11. Jensen also finished with 16 rebounds in the game to tally another double-double.
"We attained about 75 percent of our goals and put forth a good effort but the result left us with unfinished business," UVU head coach Cathy Nixon said. "I was proud of the way that the girls competed as I felt that the effort was there tonight. There's just not much room for error with a team like Bakersfield, especially with how they shot the ball.
The Roadrunners came out and shot well from the floor early on as they worked a 15-5 advantage just five minutes into the game. With CSUB leading 19-9, UVU went on an 8-2 run to get within four at 21-17 on a made 3-pointer from Jensen with 11:05 to go in the half.
Cal State Bakersfield later regained its 10-point lead at 30-20 but UVU enjoyed a 10-2 spurt to cut the deficit to two at 33-31 with 2:54 to play in the half. With just seconds remaining before the half, UVU junior Abbie Beutler orchestrated a fast break basket as she dished the ball off to Jensen for an easy layup right before the buzzer. UVU trailed by just four at the half, 41-37.
The Wolverines quickly tied the score for the first time in the game in the second half at 41-41 as Jensen made an 8-foot jumper with 18:13 to play. Jensen then gave UVU its first lead of the game at 53-52 with 14 minutes left as she put back her own missed free throw.
CSUB then worked its largest lead of the second half at 64-57 following a made 3-ball from Tyonna Outland with 10 minutes to play. The Runners then extended their lead to ten a couple minutes later.
With just under a minute to play, UVU got within seven at 78-71 following a Roche put back. After a Wolverine steal, Roche then found herself at the line with 33 seconds to play. Roche made one of two to get UVU within six.
The Wolverines then again forced another Roadrunner turnover but this time a UVU miscue turned the ball right back over to CSUB. The Runners then made the majority of their free throws down the stretch and held on to win the game by seven, 81-74.
Despite the loss, UVU controlled the boards in the game as they outrebounded CSUB 44-29, which included 17 offensive rebounds. The Runners on the flipside outshot UVU 47 to 40-percent from the floor. CSU Bakersfield also converted 11 of 21 three pointers in the game.
CSUB was led by the one-two punch of Kristine Herman and Amber Williams as they finished with 20 and 19 points respectively.
UVU will play its final game before Christmas Monday at home against Boise State at 3 p.m.