TULSA, Okla. — Utah Valley University got off to a slow start Thursday on the road in Tulsa, Okla., and fell to the University of Tulsa 80-53 at the Reynolds Center.
"Tulsa was really hot early. But we made a good run at them late in the first half as well as early in the second half," UVU head coach Cathy Nixon said. "On the road there's not a lot of room for error and we're just a team that needs to find a way to win right now."
Tulsa (1-5) started the game red-hot from the field as it converted eight of its first 11 shots. UVU (1-6) on the flipside made just one of its first 13 shots as it fell behind 22-2 early on.
Trailing by as many as 22 points in the first 10 minutes of the game, Utah Valley finally got going as sophomores Tina Doughty and Taylor Huber came off the bench to spark a Wolverine rally. The duo helped UVU pull within eight, 37-29, with 2:30 to go until intermission after a made Huber trifecta.
The Golden Hurricane pushed their lead back 14 (43-29) at the half thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing minutes from Preseason All-Conference-USA selection Taleya Mayberry. Mayberry led TU with 18 points in the first half, while Huber paced UVU with 10.
The Wolverines hung with Tulsa for the first few minutes of the second half and a jumper from junior Whitney Jenkins cut it to 13 with 13:01 to play. That was as close as UVU would get as the Golden Hurricane scored 18 of the next 20 points to put the game away, 69-40, with 5:24 to go.
Senior Sammie Jensen led UVU with 14 points but had her double-double streak snapped at six games as she finished with six rebounds. Huber finished also finished in double figures with 10 points while Doughty added eight. Seniors Alle Finch Cardwell and Sarah Clement also tied for a team-high in rebounds with six apiece.
Mayberry led TU with a career-high 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting, and Tiffani Cousisnard added a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
The Wolverines will continue their current road trip by traveling to Vermillion, S.D., to face their former Great West foe South Dakota. The game will tip Saturday at 5 p.m. CT/4 p.m. MT. UVU will then come home to face in-state rivals Weber State on Dec. 4 and Southern Utah on Dec. 6 at the UCCU Center.
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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