Consecutive wins over GWC foes cap off regluar season.
Utah Valley extended their regular season record to 7-20 overall and 5-7 in conference play with consecutive wins over Houston Baptist and NJIT.
The lady Wolverines wrapped up their final home game Feb. 26 in the UCCU Center by taking the 82-58 win over the HBU Huskies. Kim Bell, Jenna Johnson, Sammie Jensen, and Abbie Beutler all finished in double figures in the win.
Bell and Johnson both led the lady Wolverines with a game-high 21 points. Jensen finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds – her 13th double-double of the season and Beutler put up 10 points and eight assists.
After having a rough season full of game losses and then getting five wins within just over a month, Coach Cathy Nixon couldn’t be prouder of her roster.
“It’s great to see them come out with a win,” said Nixon. “I think we are learning to control the game more on both ends of the floor. I think we are coming into our own a little bit.”
With the win over HBU, the lady Wolverines had guaranteed themselves at least the sixth-seed for the Great West Conference tournament, but last Thursday’s win over NJIT bumped them up to the fourth-seed.
After loosing 52-55 to the NJIT Highlanders at home earlier this season, the lady Wolverines traveled to New Jersey Mar. 3 in hopes to split the meetings this season, and that they did with a 67-50 win.
Johnson again led the lady Wolverines offensively finishing with 20 points. Jensen followed Johnson finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds in 37 minutes of play.
At the half, UVU had given themselves a 33-29 lead. Right into the second 20 minutes of play, Jensen and Johnson sunk consecutive shots, taking their lead to eight.
As the fourth seed in this weeks GWC tournament, the lady Wolverines will play first Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on their own court in the UCCU Center. The tournament will run Mar. 9-12 with both the women and men participating.