Wolverine Women Head to Northern California for Three Games

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Sophomore Jessica Bachynski
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM
Sophomore Jessica Bachynski
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM

Nov. 14, 2012

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OREM, Utah -- The Utah Valley women's basketball team will hit the road for the first time this season and will head to Northern California for three games beginning Thursday at San Jose State.

The Last Meeting
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UVU Women Fall at Home to San Jose State
Utah Valley's second half comeback attempt came up short Thursday afternoon as San Jose State held on to defeat the Wolverines 57-45 at the UCCU Center in Orem.

While in the Bay Area, UVU (1-1) will also head to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos for a 3 p.m. MT start. The Wolverines will conclude its week-long road trip at Sacramento State on Tuesday.

"We hope that our win over Utah State (on Monday) will give us the confidence that we need to be successful on the road," UVU head coach Cathy Nixon said. "Going out on the road is never easy so we need to play a full 40 minutes."

The game against the Spartans will tip Thursday at 6 p.m. MT and can be heard live on WolverineGreen.com. Live video and stats can also be followed by visiting SJSUSpartans.com. Saturday's matinee will also feature live audio on WolverineGreen.com as well as live video and stats at SantaClaraBroncos.com.

Thursday's game against the Spartans will be UVU's second consecutive against a Western Athletic Conference opponent after the Wolverines defeated the preseason WAC favorites Utah State 78-62 on Monday in the UCCU Center. Senior Sammie Jensen led the way in that game with a career-high 31 points. Jensen also added another double-double with 14 rebounds. UVU will join

Behind Jensen, fellow seniors Kaycee Mansfield and Alle Finch Cardwell too had big games as Mansfield put up 16 points and 10 rebounds while Finch Cardwell chipped in eight points and nine assists.

With UVU holding to a one-point lead early in the second half over Utah State, the Wolverines scored 13 of the next 17 points to take a 63-52 lead. UVU continued its hot-shooting in the game as it went on to defeat the Aggies by 16, 78-62.

As a team the Wolverines shot 51 percent (29-57) from the field for the game and a red-hot 58.3 percent (14-24) in the second half.

Jensen leads the Wolverines in scoring and rebounding so far in 2012-13 with a double-double average of 23 points and 14 rebounds per game.

About San Jose State
SJSU is 1-0 on the season after defeating San Francisco State 70-51 in its opener. The Spartans were recently tabbed to finish seventh in the WAC, a conference that UVU will join next year.

Sophomore Classye James led San Jose State in its opener with 21 points. Fellow sophomore Ta'Rea Cunnigan chipped in 16 points and was selected as a Preseason Second Team All-Conference player.

Thursday will mark just the second all-time meeting between the Spartans and Wolverines with SJSU holding a 1-0 series advantage. San Jose State won the lone previous meeting last year in Orem, 57-45.

About Santa Clara
Santa Clara is 1-1 on the season after beating UC Irvine in its opener, 77-54, and falling to No. 4 Stanford on Sunday, 92-57.

The Broncos were projected to finish sixth in the West Coast Conference Preseason Poll and senior guard Meagan Fulps was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team. Fulps leads SCU in scoring so far on the season with an average of 18.5 points per game.

Saturday's contest will mark the first all-time meeting between the Wolverines and Broncos.

Up Next for the Wolverines
UVU will continue its week-long road trip by heading to Sacramento, Calif., to take on Sacramento State on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Wolverines will then return home to face Long Beach State on Black Friday, Nov. 23.