OREM Utah Valley State women's basketball coach Cathy Nixon was wary of an athletic Cal State Bakersfield team coming into Saturday's home finale.
And she should have been, as the Roadrunners belted the Wolverines by 16 points in late January.
This time around, UVSC managed to contain Cal State Bakersfield with a 94-82 win by doing just one simple thing: Hitting baskets of its own to keep the quick Roadrunners from running in transition.
"I thought we had moments where we were exceptional defensively," Nixon said. "I thought we shut down their individual one-on-one abilities and, as a team, took away what their strengths were."
After the Wolverines (16-9) went up by as much as 18 points in the second half, Cal State Bakersfield (11-15) tried to make it a game again when Tiffany Belt hit a jumper to cut the lead to 11 points with 12:05 left. UVSC responded with a 10-3 spurt.
It wasn't over yet as the Roadrunners came back from yet another 18-point deficit to get within 11 points with 3:53 left in the game. Again, the Wolverines didn't let Cal State Bakersfield any closer.
"We did have some lapses in the second half," Nixon said.
"We made it more difficult for them to pressure up and opened up chances for some other people to score," Nixon said. "We didn't have to rely so heavily on Robyn (Fairbanks)."
Despite a slow start, Fairbanks ended up with 23 points 13 of those coming in the last 15 minutes of the game and 10 rebounds. Three other Wolverines scored in double-figures Sandy Marvin and Julie McMurray put in 17 points each, and senior Susie Cornejo had 11 points in her final home game.
"We've kind of just grown up as a team every year I've been here," Cornejo said of the team improving year after year.
A couple of hot shooting stretches allowed UVSC to get out to a 45-30 lead at the half.
The first 20 minutes saw the Wolverines making jumpers, shooting 54.3 percent from the field in the first half. Meanwhile, Cal State Bakersfield had a tough time even with decent looks in shooting 38.7 percent in the first half.
A run of six straight made shots as part of an 11-0 run turned UVSC's last deficit into a double-digit lead.
The Wolverines ended the season with a perfect 12-0 mark at home.
WEBER STATE 84, SACRAMENTO STATE 58: At Ogden, Caitlin Anderson posted a career-high 26 points as Weber
State cruised to an 84-58 win over Sacramento State on Saturday in the Wildcats' final home game of the 2007-08 season.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Wildcats.
IPFW 71, SOUTHERN UTAH 64: At Cedar City, SUU freshman Caitlyn Sears gave Southern Utah a two-point lead with four seconds remaining in the game, but IPFW answered an ultimately outscored the Thunderbirds in overtime. SUU drops to 6-22 (4-13) on the year with the loss.