WBB closes regular season by hosting CSUB Wednesday & HBU Saturday

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Senior center Tasha Sanborn
Senior center Tasha Sanborn

Feb. 26, 2013

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OREM, Utah -- The Utah Valley University women's basketball team will close out its regular season this week by hosting CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday and Houston Baptist on Saturday. After earning at least a share of the Great West Conference title with a victory last week, the Wolverines will have the opportunity to win their first GWC regular season title outright on Saturday.

Wednesday's game (7 p.m. start) will be UVU's final non-conference game of the year and will also be the Pink Game where donations will go towards Cancer Research. Saturday's contest will then be Senior Day where six Wolverine seniors (Alle Cardwell, Sarah Clement, Cydne Gray, Sammie Jensen, Kaycee Mansfield and Tasha Sanborn) will be honored prior to the 3 p.m. tip-off. Both games will feature live video, audio and stats that can all be accessed through the women's basketball schedule page on WolverineGreen.com. Saturday's game will also be the Great West Conference Showcase game on CollegeInsider.com.

The Last Meeting
Utah Valley65
CSU Bakersfield67
January 19, 2013
Bakersfield, California
Second-Half Push Comes Up Short
The Utah Valley University women's basketball team erased a 12-point second half deficit, but was unable to grab the lead late, falling 67-65 to CSU Bakersfield at the Icardo Center Saturday afternoon.

The Last Meeting
Utah Valley75
Houston Baptist71
February 2, 2013
Houston, Texas
Doughty, Mansfield Post Career Highs in Win over HBU
Playing without the services of reigning Great West Conference Player of the Year Sammie Jensen, Utah Valley University women's basketball coach Cathy Nixon knew someone would have to elevate their game in the Wolverines' contest at Houston Baptist Saturday.

The Wolverines are 12-14 overall and 6-1 in conference play after they defeated Chicago State, 63-55, in the Windy City last Saturday. Senior Sammie Jensen led the way in the game by notching her 18th double-double of the season with 18 points and 21 rebounds.

In all four players finished in double figures for UVU in the game against the Cougars as sophomore Taylor Huber had 13 points off the bench and senior Kaycee Mansfield and junior Whitney Jenkins chipped in 12 and 10 respectively. Senior Alle Cardwell also had a solid game where she added five points, four assists, three rebounds, a block and a steal.

UVU has been hot as of late as it has won five of its last six games and eight of its last 11. One of those losses, however, came at future Western Athletic Conference foe CSU Bakersfield on Jan. 19, while one of those victories came at Houston Baptist on Feb. 2.

Jensen leads Utah Valley and is ranked second and first respectively in the Great West with averages of 17.4 ppg and 13.9 rpg. Jensen's 13.9 rebound per game average is also good enough to rank her second in the nation in that category. Sophomore Tina Doughty is next in the scoring column for UVU with a 10.4 ppg average.

About CSU Bakersfield The Roadrunners, who are in their final season as a Division I Independent are 11-16 overall and recently had a nine-game winning streak snapped by New Mexico State last Saturday. During the win streak, CSUB defeated Nevada, Texas-Pan American twice, HBU, UVU, Chicago State twice, Cal State Northridge and New Orleans. The `Runners are led on the year by Amber Williams and her 14.1 point per game average. Janae Coffee is next with an average of 13.4 ppg and also leads CSUB in rebounding (8.9 rpg).

The meeting will be the seventh all-time between UVU and CSUB and the final one as non-conference opponents. The Roadrunners lead the all-time series 5-1, which includes a two-point win over the Wolverines in Bakersfield last month.

About Houston Baptist
The Huskies are 5-21 overall and in the basement of the Great West standings with an 0-5 conference mark. HBU split its last two games last week as it picked up a wild 78-76 overtime win over Texas State at home but then fell to UTPA by eight last Saturday.

Shanice Steenholdt leads the Huskies and the GWC in scoring with an average of 18.0 points per game. She also averages a double-double as she leads her team in rebounding with 10.1 boards per game. Taylor Jefferson is HBU's second best scorer with an average of 9.0 ppg.

Saturday will be the eighth all-time meeting between the Wolverines and Huskies and UVU holds a perfect 7-0 advantage. The Wolverines previously defeated HBU, 75-71, in Houston on Feb. 2.

Up Next for the Wolverines
The Wolverines will be off until the GWC Tournament that will take place March 14-16 at Chicago State's Jones Convocation Center. Regardless of what seed UVU enters the tournament (1st or 2nd), it has earned a first-round bye and will enter the semis on March 15.

Wednesday will be the Pink for a Purpose Game. Free pink t-shirts will be given out to the first 150 fans in attendance courtesy of the Utah Army National Guard. Proceeds will also be raised from the game to go towards Cancer Research.

Saturday will be Senior Day and UVU seniors Alle Cardwell, Sarah Clement, Cydne Gray, Sammie Jensen, Kaycee Mansfield and Tasha Sanborn will all be honored prior to the game. Saturday will also mark the Worldwide Book Drive where fans will receive $1 off the price of admission by donating a book.