OREM An 89-69 win over Cal State-Fullerton on Saturday by the Utah Valley State women's basketball team is telling in more ways than just the score.
It's how the Wolverines are winning that's the real story.
Instead of needing star center Robyn Fairbanks to carry the team on her back, UVSC is learning to be more creative in working the ball around the court.
"We just want more consistent contributors from whatever position," UVSC coach Cathy Nixon said. "It's just great to be able to see us put up the kind of numbers offensively that we are."
Leading the team this time was Julie McMurray's 23 points she just missed out on a double-double, with eight boards. Sandy Marvin's 18 points tied for second on the team.
Fairbanks did well again in limited time as she earned another double-double her second in two games with 18 points and 11 rebounds in only 19 minutes of action.
"Robyn's having very good games. You can't frown at 18 points," Nixon said. "But she doesn't have to have 35 for us to be successful."
Part of the emergence of the other players is the role point guard Asumi Nakayama has in helping to spread the wealth.
Nakayama missed the past week of practice and didn't just ease back into the lineup. She put in 30 minutes against the Titans after coming back into the fold with 16 minutes in the Wolverines' win against Mesa State on Friday.
"She didn't practice this week," Nixon said. "She had a concussion, so I was nervous not knowing if she was able to play."
It wasn't one of those occasions in which a player struggles coming back either. Nakayama's 10 assists more doubled the total of her closest teammate. And she didn't hurt UVSC much as her two turnovers came in the second half after the game was effectively decided as the Wolverines held a 51-30 lead at halftime.
"Simply we did good," Nakayama said. "But during the whole game, we focused on defense."
What Nixon really thinks is Nakayama's strength is using her head to marshal the troops on the court.
"I really feel like Asumi in the long run will be just an excellent basketball player," Nixon said. "She understands the game and just what she brings as far as speed and quickness to the defensive end, and what she can do in transition."
UVSC's long-range shooting wasn't too bad either as was more than 50 percent, downing 9-of-17 from beyond the arc.