WBB kicks off early season road trip at George Mason, Longwood

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Redshirt freshman Karlee Kartchner
Redshirt freshman Karlee Kartchner

Nov. 13, 2013

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OREM, Utah -- After opening the season with back-to-back home games last weekend, the Utah Valley University women's basketball team leaves Orem for the first time this season when it travels to Virginia for a pair of games against George Mason and Longwood. Those games mark the Wolverines' only trip of the season into the Eastern Time Zone and mark the first of only two excursions east of the Mississippi River.

The Last Meeting
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January 10, 2012
Orem, Utah
UVU Women Stand Firm Against Longwood, Halt Four-Game Skid
Utah Valley jumped ahead with a big run to begin the second half and held off a gutsy Longwood team to grab a 64-59 win Tuesday night in the UCCU Center. Sammie Jensen notched a double-double as the Wolverines snapped their four-game losing streak.

UVU tips off in Fairfax against Mason on Thursday night at 5 p.m. MT then heads to Farmville for a 12 p.m. meeting with Longwood on Saturday.

Live audio for both games can be accessed through WolverineGreen.com while live stats are available through the links above. Saturday's game at Longwood will also be streamed live on the Big South Network.

UVU split its season-opening games in Orem last weekend and sits at 1-1 on the young season. Playing host to Nevada on Friday night, the Wolverines suffered a scoring drought of just over eight minutes midway through the second half that allowed the visiting Wolf Pack to escape with a 79-67 victory.

No such scoring issues existed for Utah Valley the following night, however, as the Wolverines hung 114 points on Walla Walla University on its way to an 87-point victory. In the win, UVU set a new program mark for shooting percentage (66.7) and tied a previous record for total team assists (32). In all, twelve Wolverines saw action against WWU and each scored at least four points on the way to tallying the first win of 2013-14.

Through two games, guard Katie Kuklok leads UVU in scoring at 23.5 points per contest. The San Diego transfer is also 13-of-21 from behind the arc, having sank six threes against Nevada and another seven against Walla Walla. Fellow guard Tina Doughty, who set a single-game school record for made free throws with 16 against Nevada, is next at 16.5 ppg. Doughty has also handed out five assists per contest thus far, second only to freshman Georgia Agnew's seven assists per game.

Thursday marks the first-ever meeting between Utah Valley and George Mason, not to mention the Wolverines' first foray against a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Much like UVU with the WAC, Mason is entering its first season in the A-10 after a long membership with the Colonial Athletic Association.

Commencing their season Sunday, the Patriots fell at East Carolina, 75-66. Fifth-year senior Janaa Pickard and redshirt sophomore Taylor Brown each scored 12 points in the opener while junior forward Talisha Watts recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Pickard is one of just three seniors on this season's Mason squad, now under the tutelage of first year head coach Nyla Milleson. Milleson arrives in Fairfax after six seasons with Missouri State during which she skippered the Bears to three appearances in the WNIT. She is just nine wins shy of 300 for her career.

Mason got back on track with a 74-67 victory over Morehead State Tuesday night, getting a career-high 24 points from junior Taylor Brown. Thursday marks this season's home opener for the Patriots.

Whereas UVU and Mason will be seeing each other for the first time, Saturday's contest at Longwood bears more resemblance to a reunion. The Wolverines and Lancers have met four times in a series that dates back to 2009 when both programs were NCAA Division I Independents. Both schools have since found conference homes with the Wolverines entering their inaugural WAC season and the Lancers beginning their second go-around in the Big South.

The Wolverines lead the all-time series 3-1 and have claimed the last two contests, including a 64-59 victory in Orem in the most recent meeting on Jan. 10, 2012. The last time UVU made the trek to Farmville was Nov. 20, 2009, where it lost 73-51.

The Lancers are 1-1 on the season, having bounced back from a 63-46 loss at Seton Hall with a 59-52 win over in-state foe William and Mary on Monday night. Four players scored in double figures in the win, led by Daeisha Brown's 16. On the season, Brown is second on the team in scoring at 10.5 ppg, trailing Raven Williams' 15.5 points per contest.

Next week, Utah Valley returns to Utah but will remain on the road. The short, three-game road swing concludes at Southern Utah on Thursday, Nov. 21.