The Utah Valley University women’s basketball team moved into a tie for second place in the Western Athletic Conference standings Saturday, sweeping their midwest road trip with their third straight win, this one 58-44 over the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
It was a wire to wire victory for the Wolverines. Their stifling defense held the Kangaroos to only five points in the first quarter en route to a 13-5 advantage after the period. UVU never looked back, only allowing 31 percent shooting on the night from UMKC and only 22 percent from beyond the arc.
It was another balanced offensive effort from the Wolverines with four players in double digit scoring. Patrice Toston led the team with 14 points and also added five steals, four rebounds and an assist. Deijah Blanks chipped in 13 points and five rebounds. Sam Loggins was just two rebounds shy of a double-double with 12 points and eight boards. Loggins also contributed two blocks and a steal. Rebecca MaWhinney was a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown for 11 points and five rebounds.
The win marked the first time in program history that UVU had won in Kansas City, signalling their first sweep of the season series against the Kangaroos.
UVU will have a week off before they look to close out their home schedule for the season strong against Seattle University February 27 with tip off scheduled for 3 p.m. in the PE Building. A good end to the season will be crucial for the Wolverines’ seeding in the WAC tournament in March.
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