OREM, Utah — Senior Sammie Jensen helped Utah Valley University snap a six-game losing streak Tuesday with a 68-56 win over Weber State University at the UCCU Center. Jensen finished with a game-high 30 points and 15 rebounds.
"This was a great win for us," UVU head coach Cathy Nixon said. "I really credit the kids, this all goes to them. The first five were pretty good and Sammie was exceptional for us tonight."
The Wolverines (2-7) used an 8-3 run early in the game to take a 14-8 lead six minutes in. The Wildcats (0-7) pulled to within two at 14-12, but UVU answered by scoring 10 of the next 11 points to take a 24-13 lead. Senior Kaycee Mansfield capped the rally with a layup.
Weber State closed the gap to four with three minutes to go until halftime, but UVU finished the opening period on a 6-0 run to take a 35-25 lead into the break.
Jensen paced the Wolverines with 12 points in the first half, while junior Whitney Jenkins added 11 on 3-of-5 shooting. UVU outshot Weber State in the half, shooting 54 percent compared to just 32 percent from the Wildcats.
With the Wildcats down just nine with 15 minutes to play, UVU scored six unanswered points to take a 48-33 lead.
Weber State cut it to 10 with 10:30 minutes to play, but Jensen helped Utah Valley put the game away, as she converted a 3-point play the old fashioned way and followed it with a 3-pointer to give the Wolverines a comfortable 54-38 lead.
UVU extended its lead to as many as 20 points late in the game.
The Wolverines never trailed in the contest and the game only saw one tie, at 2-2.
Jensen scored her game-high 30 points on 11-21 shooting from the field and 7-8 from the charity stripe.
Jenkins also finished in double figures for the Wolverines with 12 points and Mansfield added eight points, a career-high five steals, four rebounds and three assists. Fellow senior Alle Finch Cardwell too had a nice game with seven points, a game-high seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Kia Rhodes led WSU with 11 points and Desiree Ramos chipped in 10.
"We came out with an aggressive mentality and it was evident in our play," Nixon said. "Our defense was really a catalyst for our offense. This is just one win but it is definitely something that we can use as a springboard to give us some confidence looking forward."
The Wolverines take on their second straight in-state rival Thursday night when Southern Utah comes to town. The game tips at 7 p.m. at the UCCU Center. UVU then closes the week by making the trek to Pocatello, Idaho, to take on Idaho State on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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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