OREM, Utah — Sammie Jensen returned to the lineup and showed no signs of rust, leading Utah Valley University into sole possession of first place in the Great West Conference standings with a 64-47 win over NJIT on Saturday in the UCCU Center.
Jensen, who missed the last two games due to illness, finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds. It's her 15th double-double of the year and matches the total from her first two seasons as a Wolverine.
UVU (10-13, 4-1) and NJIT (11-15, 3-2) entered the day in a tie for first at 3-1 in the league standings with Chicago State holding a 2-1 record.
"This was one of our best games in terms of executing the game plan on both ends of the floor. I thought we did a fantastic job on the defensive end," head coach Cathy Nixon said. "Comparatively to the game at NJIT where they really controlled the tempo, I thought we were able to control that and work that to our advantage today."
After NJIT scored the first six points of the game, Doughty led UVU on a 17-2 run during which the Wolverines scored 13 straight and took a 17-8 lead. Doughty scored eight points during the run, capping it with a 3-point play on a layup and free throw.
Mansfield, who had nine at the half, scored with one second on the clock to give UVU its largest lead of the half, 33-21.
The Wolverines came out of the break with six straight points, taking a 37-21 lead on a Jenkins three. UVU maintained the double-digit edge, not allowing the Highlanders any life to get back into the game. Jenkins' jumper from the right wing with 7:15 left gave Utah Valley its biggest lead of 20, 56-36.
NJIT was led in scoring by 10 points off the bench from Kimberly Dweck. Rayven Johnson, the league's third-leading scorer and one of three GWC players along with UVU's Jensen to average a double-double, was limited to nine points but hauled in 14 rebounds.
Utah Valley will hit the road next weekend for a non-conference contest at New Orleans on Thursday before getting back into league play at Texas-Pan American on Saturday. Of the three remaining Great West games this season, UVU will play two on the road before closing out the season on March 2 at home against Houston Baptist.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.