OREM — Playing its second game in as many nights, Utah Valley University beat Walla Walla University, 114-27, for its first win of the season Saturday night in the PE Building. Twelve Wolverines saw action on the night with each entering the scoring column.
The 87-point victory was the second-highest in program history, falling just short of UVU's 117-27 win against Johnson and Wales in 2004. The Wolverines (1-1) shot 66.7 percent from the field on the way to the win, a new program-best.
For the second consecutive game, guard Katie Kuklok led Utah Valley in scoring. The sophomore dropped in 23 points and hit seven 3-pointers — just one trey shy of teammate Tina Doughty's single-game record of eight, also set against WWU last season. Kuklok was 6-of-8 from beyond the arc at intermission, tying the school mark for most threes in a half.
Sam Loggins chipped in a career-high 16 points, while Georgia Agnew's 13 points stood as the first of her collegiate career. Doughty rounded out the double-figure scoring for the Wolverines, recording 11 points to go along with eight assists and five rebounds.
Agnew also handed out eight assists, running her season total to 15 through two games. Kuklok almost completed the first UVU double-double of the season, grabbing a game-high nine rebounds.
As a team, Utah Valley tied its own record for assists in a game with 32. That figure paid dividends as the Wolverines hung a stellar 62 points in the paint.
As a group, the UVU bench combined to score 45 points. Heading that group was guard Ashley Klemz, who posted nine points on 4-of-5 shooting. True freshman Ashley Baugh, redshirt freshman Karlee Kartchner and senior Kyra Prause each tallied eight. Whitney Jenkins and Rhaiah Spooner-Knight scored six apiece.
Utah Valley held the Wolves scoreless for the first 8:20 of the contest, racing out to a 25-0 advantage to begin the game. The lead would dip below 25 just once from there as the visitors were held to just 20.8 percent shooting for the night.
Karly Joseph paced WWU, a member of NAIA Division II, with 10 points.
Next up, Utah Valley hits the road for the first time this season when it embarks on a two-game road trip to Virginia. The Wolverines face George Mason in Fairfax on Thursday night before a Saturday tilt with Longwood in Farmville.
Kellen Hiser is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.
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