Dec. 21, 2011
OGDEN, Utah - Hot shooting combined with a 13-0 run to start the second half helped Utah Valley pull out a 72-65 win at Weber State Wednesday night. The win also gave UVU (6-5) the season sweep over the Wildcats (2-11), as the Wolverines won both matchups on the season.
For the game UVU shot 56-percent from the field compared to just 34-percent shooting by the Wildcats.
"I was really pleased with our play," UVU head coach Cathy Nixon said. "It was a balanced effort for us, as we had four players in double figures and solid play from the bench. I wouldn't say that it was necessarily pretty, but a lot of times you just have to find a way to win. Every game has its own personality and this was one of those that we had to grind out."
Four players finished in double figures to help lead the Wolverines to the win. Sammie Jensen topped all scorers with 18 points while Jenna Johnson added 14 and both Abbie Beutler and Kaycee Mansfield each tallied 12 off the bench. Mansfield also finished with a game-high nine boards while Beutler dished out a game-high five assists.
After getting off to a very cold start the other day against South Dakota, UVU countered this evening by going 7-for-11 from the field early on against the Wildcats.
The Wolverines took a six-point lead, at 20-14, following a Kim Bell free throw. From there, UVU held its lead until Weber State's Megan Patterson hit a 3-ball to tie the score at 26-all with 5:18 to go in the first half.
The first period stayed tight the rest of the way. With the Wildcats up by two with the clock winding down, UVU's Abbie Beutler
drove the lane and scored a layup to tie the score at 32-apiece at the break.
The Wildcats started the second half with two quick buckets but that's when UVU made its run by rolling off 13-unanswered points to pull ahead 45-36. Moments later the Wolverines extended their lead to 10, at 50-40, after a made Jensen 3-pointer.
UVU looked to have the game won as it held a nine-point advantage with less than 90-seconds to play, but a late Weber State run made the game interesting down the stretch.
The Wildcats scored seven points in 40-seconds to get make it a two-point game, at 67-65, with 47-seconds to play. The Wolverines then held on to the ball down the stretch and converted 5-of-6 free throws to seal the win.
Besides UVU's four players that finished in double digits, Erika Newbold also had a solid night with seven points, seven rebounds, four blocks and an assist. Shawnte Taylor and Megan Patterson led Weber State in the game by both tallying 15 points apiece.
The Wolverines will now take a few days off for Christmas and will return to the hardwood on Dec. 28, when they'll travel to Salt Lake City to take on the University of Utah. UVU will then travel to Boise, for a contest at Boise State on New Year's Eve.
"In my experience everyone will be happier after Christmas," Nixon added. "The kids bodies are tired and need rest and it's always rejuvenating to be around family. I told them all to enjoy the break but to come back ready to play, as we'll be tested against two good teams when they get back."