UVU basketball: women welcome Utah State on Monday

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Nov. 10 2012 4:00 p.m. MST

The UVU women's basketball team huddles up Friday night against Boise State at UVU's PE Building.

Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics

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OREM, Utah – The Utah Valley women's basketball team will look to bounce back from its opening season loss to Boise State on Monday when in-state rival Utah State comes to town. The game will tip at 7 p.m. and will be televised live locally on UVUTV.

"We've got a quick turnaround from now (after Friday's game against Boise State) until Monday's game but I feel confident that we will be ready to go," UVU head coach Cathy Nixon said. "If we compete as hard as we did against Boise State and knock down a few more shots, I feel like we have a chance to be successful."

Besides Monday's game being televised, it will also be streamed live online at uvu.edu/uvutv. Live stats can also be accessed for the contest by visiting WolverineGreen.com.

Despite three players in double figures and a double-double from senior Sammie Jensen, UVU (0-1) dropped its opener to Boise State on Friday 80-63. Jensen, the reigning Great West Conference Player of the Year, led the Wolverines in the game with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Alle Finch Cardwell tied a career-high with 12 and junior Whitney Jenkins added 10.

Finch Cardwell filled out the stat sheet against the Broncos as she also added six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals. Senior Cydne Gray too had a nice game by dishing out a team-high six assists, and fellow senior Kaycee Mansfield chipped in eight points and five boards.

The Wolverines led the Broncos early in the game, but BSU used a 12-0 run midway through the first half to take a 10-point lead. Boise State took a 15-point lead into halftime, but UVU cut it to five at 45-40 early in the second half. The Broncos then used another 12-0 run to put the game away.

Monday's game against USU will be the first of four in-state games for UVU this season. The Wolverines will also host Weber State and Southern Utah at the UCCU Center on Dec. 4 and Dec. 6, respectively, and will play at SUU on Dec. 29.

About Utah State: Monday will be Utah State's 2012-13 opener under first-year head coach Jerry Finkbeiner. Finkbeiner comes to Logan after spending 16 years as the head man at Oral Roberts. He took ORU to five NCAA Tournament appearances and three NIT ones.

The Aggies went 21-10 overall last season, finished second in the WAC with an 11-3 record and made a postseason appearance in the women's NIT. Utah State was also selected to win the WAC in its final year of competition in that conference, as it will jump ship to the Mountain West next season.

Senior guard Devyn Christensen was recently selected as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year. Christensen was a First-Team All-WAC player a year ago after averaging 15.1 points per game.

Monday will be the ninth all-time meeting between the Wolverines and Aggies with USU holding a slight 5-3 advantage.

Up Next for the Wolverines: UVU will hit the road for its first time this season for three contests in California's Bay Area. The Wolverines will take on San Jose State on Nov. 15, Santa Clara on Nov. 17 and Sacramento State on Nov. 20 during the week-long trip.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.

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