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Men’s basketball

Utah Valley’s Ryan Toolson has been named the Independent player of the week for his performance in last week’s action. It is Toolson’s third weekly honor this season.

Toolson had his best shooting week of the year for the Wolverines. The junior guard averaged 32.5 points and four rebounds in two games for Utah Valley. For the week, Toolson hit on 70 percent (14-of-20) of his three-point baskets while shooting 73 percent from the field (22-for-30). He also made all seven foul shots attempted.

In UV’s first game against Lamar, Toolson hit a school record eight three-pointers on 14 attempts while leading all scorers with 32 points against the Cardinals. Toolson had 29 points and seven treys with 13 minutes remaining in the game when he was pulled out of the game for a rest. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Toolson didn’t attempt another shot for the next 10 minutes.

Toolson followed the effort at Lamar up with a 33-point game at Chicago State. He scored his 33 on just 13 field goal attempts, going 11-for-13 (.846) from the field, 6-for-6 from behind the arc and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.

The weekly independent awards are nominated and voted upon by the sports information directors from nine Division I independents.

Track and field

Sophomore Ashley Timo headlined Utah Valley’s performance at the Wolverines first track meet of the year as UV finished strong on day two at the BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational.

"Ashley Timo had an overall great meet for us," Utah Valley associate head coach Kirke Adamson said. "Overall, it was a good opening meet for us. It was a good opportunity for our young athletes to acclimate themselves with college competition."

Timo set the school record in the long jump with a leap of 5’6.25". The jump gave Timo a first place finish at the meet.
Chelsea Baker broke a freshman record in the 300 meter dash with a time of 42:09, good for fifth place in her first collegiate 300-meter race.

On the men’s side, Danny Moody set a personal record in the 3000 meters with a sixth-place finishing time of 8:53.54.
The Wolverines will be back in action when they compete at Utah State and Idaho State next weekend.