Dec. 22, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. -- For the first 11 minutes in its contest with Colorado, the Utah Valley University women's basketball team hung with the 25th-ranked Buffaloes Saturday afternoon.
In the last nine minutes of the half, however, the Buffaloes went to their size in the middle to pull away and cruise to the 81-45 victory to snap the Wolverines' two-game winning streak.
"We were pretty good in the process defensively and offensively," UVU women's basketball coach Cathy Nixon said of the early play in the first half. "I felt like the breakdowns we had that resulted in them stretching it out we turned the ball over and allowed transition points and allowed offensive rebounds. I felt like when we were able to settle them into the halfcourt and make them run through the depth in their offense I thought we were good defensively."
Colorado (10-0) scored the first seven points in the first-ever meeting between the two teams before UVU's Kaycee Mansfield broke the ice with a pair of free throws with 15:45 left in the half.
Utah Valley's Ashley Klemz knocked down a three-pointer with 13:46 left in the half to cut the lead to 9-5.
Three minutes later, Tina Doughty scored to trim the lead to 12-9. Klemz hit two foul shots with 9:11 to cut the lead to three at 14-11, but that was as close as the Wolverines would get the remainder of the way.
In the final 9:11, the Wolverines converted just one field goal and one foul shot and trailed 37-14 at the break.
In the first half, the Wolverines shot 16 percent from the field (4-of-24), while the Buffaloes shot 44 percent (15-of-34). Twenty-two of Colorado's 37 first-half points came in the paint. The Buffaloes also has seven second-chance points on eight offensive rebounds.
Klemz led the Wolverines with seven first-half points.
With the loss, the Wolverines fall to 4-10 overall. UVU is now 0-3 all-time against teams ranked in the Top 25 and 1-6 against teams from the Pac-12.
"Colorado is playing really hot right now and it was great opportunity for our girls to play a team of their caliber and understand there are some things we can do to compete and things we need to do to get better to be at their level," Nixon said.
Doughty came off the bench and led the Wolverines with 13 points while Mansfield and Klemz added nine and eight points, respectively.
Sammie Jensen had 10 rebounds to go along with nine points.
For the game, the Wolverines shot 30.6 percent from the field, including 37.5 percent from the three-point line.
Colorado shot 47.9 from the field, including 37.5 percent from the three-point line.
Jen Reese led the Buffaloes with 16 points, and Chucky Jeffery added 12 points.
The Wolverines are back in action Dec. 29 for the second of three straight road games when they travel to Southern Utah.