UVU basketball: Wolverine women look to continue winning ways at NM State, UTPA

By Kellen Hiser

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26 2014 3:10 p.m. MST

After reaching as high as second place in the WAC standings earlier this season, UTPA (12-14, 6-7 WAC) has dropped five of its last six to fall to sixth on the league table. The Broncs have lost two straight, falling to Kansas City and NM State after earning a road win at Chicago State on Feb. 13.

True freshman Shawnte' Goff's 12.7 ppg is the only double figure scoring average on the UTPA roster. However, sophomore Kaelynn Boyd is not far off the pace at 9.9 ppg. Jasmine Thompson averages 9.2 ppg, while fellow junior forward Brittany Bush sits at 9.0.

Boyd and Goff combined to score 32 points against UVU in the first meeting, tallying 17 and 15 points apiece.

In one of the oldest series' in UVU Division I history, which dates all the way back to 2004-05 season, the Wolverines and Broncs will be meeting for the 20th time on Saturday in Edinburg. Utah Valley leads the all-time series, 12-7, and saw its brief two-game win streak against the Broncs snapped on Jan. 25.

"In the first meeting it really just came down to whichever team was going to step up and make some plays was the one that was going to win," Nixon said. "Unfortunately, we failed to make those plays for whatever reason. But they are another team with multiple weapons and this trip down to Edinburg is always a challenging one."

The Wolverines were victorious in their last trip to the UTPA Fieldhouse, pulling out a dramatic 51-50 victory after Sammie Jensen converted a layup in the waning seconds.

Following this trip to the WAC's southernmost points, Utah Valley wraps up its 2013-14 regular season on Saturday, March 8, at Bakersfield.

Kellen Hiser is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.