OREM, Utah — The first-place Utah Valley University women's basketball team heads out on a two-game road trip this week that will take the team to New Orleans on Thursday before a trip to Texas-Pan American on Saturday evening.
The game at New Orleans, a Division I independent, tips at 6 p.m. MT with Saturday's game at UTPA tipping at 3:30 p.m. MT. Live audio will be available for both games by visiting WolverineGreen.com. Live stats and live video can be found as well for both contests by heading to UNOPrivateers.com on Thursday and UTPABroncs.com on Saturday.
The Wolverines (10-13) moved to 4-1 in the Great West Conference with a win over NJIT last week to avenge the team's only league loss so far this season.
Sammie Jensen returned to the lineup after a two-game absence and showed no signs of rust, going for 14 points and 17 rebounds. UVU got a game-high 16 from Tina Doughty, while Kaycee Mansfield and Whitney Jenkins chipped in 11 and 10, respectively, to win 64-47.
Jensen's 15 double-doubles matches her output from her first two seasons at UVU and ranks 10th nationally. She's averaging 13.0 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the country and first in the Great West, and her 17.0 ppg is tied atop the league with HBU's Shanice Steenholdt.
Doughty earned GWC Player of the Week honors on Tuesday after averaging 21.5 points per game last week for UVU and hitting 11 threes. The Wolverine sophomore also set a new single-game school record with eight trifectas, on 8-of-10 shooting from distance, in a 60-point win over Walla Walla last week.
About New Orleans: New Orleans (2-19) is coming off a loss to CSU Bakersfield, a future WAC foe for Utah Valley. The Privateers have played three games against schools from the GWC this season, splitting two games with Houston Baptist and dropping a home game to Texas-Pan American.
Keri Thomas leads UNO with 14.4 points per game. Mathilde Fogelstrom is tops on the club in rebounding with 7.8 rpg.
Thursday's game will mark the first all-time meeting between UVU and UNO. The Privateers are scheduled to make the return trip to Utah Valley next season.
About Texas-Pan American: UTPA (9-14) sits at 2-3 in the Great West after a 31-point win at Chicago State last weekend. Bianca Torre scored 20 points in the win as the Broncs held the Cougars to just 26.8 shooting and outrebounded CSU 44-27.
Joyea Marshall leads UTPA in scoring and rebounding by averaging 8.9 ppg and 7.2 rpg on the season. KaeLynn Boyd is right behind her with an average of 8.2 points per night.
UVU edged UTPA on Jan. 5 in Orem in overtime, 71-66, behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from Jensen. The Wolverines also lead the all-time series 11-6.
Up Next for the Wolverines: Next week, Utah Valley will be at Chicago State before playing its final two games at home prior to the Great West Tournament in Chicago in mid-March.
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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