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UVU basketball: Wolverines head to Oklahoma and South Dakota this week

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27 2012 2:27 p.m. MST

OREM, Utah — The Utah Valley University women's basketball team looks to snap its current four-game losing streak this week on the road as it takes on Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla., on Thursday and South Dakota on Saturday in Vermillion, S.D.

Live audio can be heard of both games by visiting WolverineGreen.com. Live video and stats can be followed for Thursday's contest at TulsaHurricane.com, and live stats will also be available Saturday at GoYotes.com.

UVU is 1-5 and has dropped its last four games after going winless during its three-game Northern California road trip and falling at home to Long Beach State on Friday.

While in California, UVU fell 81-72 to San Jose State, 80-67 to Santa Clara and 74-62 to Sacramento State.

In their most recent game against the 49ers, the Wolverines held a 19-point lead at halftime but couldn't hold off a hot-shooting Long Beach State team in the second half as UVU fell 77-69. The game was a tale of two halves as the Wolverines shot 60 percent (18-30) from the field in the first half but just 22 percent (6-27) in the second one.

Despite the loss, UVU senior Sammie Jensen recorded her nation-leading sixth double-double in as many games this year with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore Taylor Huber also matched a career-high 17 points off the bench in the contest.

Jensen, who was recently selected to repeat as the Great West Conference's Player of the Year, leads the Wolverines on the season with a double-double average of 19 points and 14.3 boards per game. Her 14.3 rpg average ranks her third nationally. Fellow UVU senior Kaycee Mansfield is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with an average of 10.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg.

About Tulsa: The University of Tulsa is 0-5 on the year and is coming off of two losses to Illinois and Loyola Marymount at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving weekend. The Golden Hurricane were recently picked to finish sixth in the Conference USA this season and went 13-15 overall last year and 8-8 in conference play.

TU is led by preseason all-conference selection Taleya Mayberry and her 21.6 points per game average. Also averaging double figures in scoring for the Golden Hurricane is Tiffani Couisnard. Couisnard is averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 9.6 rebounds.

Thursday's game will be the second all-time meeting between UVU and TU. The Wolverines hold a 1-0 series advantage after beating Tulsa 78-62 last year in Orem. The game will also mark UVU's second all-time contest against a team from the Conference USA.

About South Dakota: The Coyotes are 2-4 so far this season and will host Idaho State on Thursday. USD was picked to finish sixth in the Summit League Preseason Poll after going 23-8 overall last year and 12-6 in conference play.

Nicole Seekamp and Polly Harrington lead USD this year with their nearly identical 13.7 and 13.3 point per game respective averages. Harrington also leads the Coyotes in rebounding with an average of 6.7 per contest.

Saturday will be UVU's sixth all-time meeting against its former Great West Conference foe South Dakota. The Coyotes hold a perfect 5-0 record against the Wolverines, which includes a 2-0 mark at the DakotaDome.

Up Next for the Wolverines: UVU will return home to face two in-state rivals next week. The Wolverines will welcome Weber State to the UCCU Center on Dec. 4 and Southern Utah on Dec. 6 before heading to Pocatello, Idaho, to face Idaho State on Dec. 8.

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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