Just as the Utah Valley women’s team has been flawless at home this season, the road has been another story for the team.
The lady Wolverines have lost their last five road games including loses to BYU and Duke.
Their latest blunder came at the Hands of the University of Denver in a 101-75 loss last Tuesday.
In the loss Robyn Fairbanks scored a team high 27 points to go along with her five rebounds and two blocks. Despite the outstanding play of Fairbanks, nothing could deter the hot shooting of the Denver squad. The Wolverines trailed by as much as 30 in the second half thanks to Denver’s 70 percent shooting from behind the arc.
Denver had their night," said coach Cathy Nixon. "We just have to write that one off and move forward."
With a record of 13-5, including 9-0 at home it appears the road losses are the one thing holding this team back.
However, optimism flows freely as the Wolverines have just two seniors on the team this year. Nixon’s team will be returning a large portion of their offense including Fairbanks, guard Sandy Marvin and Julie McMurray.
While the outlook on next season appears bright, the Wolverines have 10 games remaining this season against other Independent league teams, and an opportunity to turn in the best season in their Division I history.
While a loss is a loss, it’s tough to fault the Wolverines for having such a tough road schedule this season. With games against perpetual NCAA Tournament teams in BYU and Duke the competition is prime to give Utah Valley the experience necessary to compete at an even higher level next year.
"With the string of games we had," said Nixon. "I knew it would be a struggle."