OREM The Utah Valley State women's basketball team closed out its season with a trio of losses in the Division I Independent tournament last week in Edinburg, Texas.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines (16-12), they lost their 12th straight game away from the McKay Events Center.
"I think it was a mixed experience for us," said UVSC coach Cathy Nixon. "Obviously it was disappointing to not come away with three wins and the championship. That was our plan all along. But in lots of ways, I felt that the kids competed hard."
Turnovers killed UVSC in all three games, as it committed more than 20 in each of the games.
The Wolverines started the tournament last Thursday with a 76-53 loss to tourney host Texas-Pan American.
Julie McMurray had a career-tying night in both scoring and rebounding with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
In Friday's game against Cal State Bakersfield, UVSC fared worse, losing 76-53. Poor shooting doomed the Wolverines, as they shot 33 percent from the field. Robyn Fairbanks led the team with a game-high 23 points.
The big surprise came in the finale on Saturday against NJIT a team that UVSC had beaten twice already this year.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Ryan Toolson was named the Division I independent player of the year as voted upon by nine Division I independent coaches and sports information/media relations directors.
Toolson led all independent school scorers with 23.4 points per game and is leading the country in free-throw shooting percentage with a 95.1 percent mark.
BASEBALL: UVSC (3-9-1) finished 2-2 in the River City Classic in Sacramento, Calif., this past week.
SOFTBALL: UVSC (4-13) came out of the UC Riverside tournament with one win but lost its last three games.
The highlight came with a 6-5 eight-inning win over Buffalo on Friday. But the Wolverines lost to Iowa 6-0 later in the day.
RUGBY: UVSC clinched a spot in the Division II Pacific Coast playoffs that it hosts April 4-5 with a 56-14 win over Idaho State.
SOFTBALL: at UNLV on Friday (doubleheader) and Saturday; vs. Nebraska in Las Vegas on Saturday
WOMEN'S GOLF: at Southern Utah on Saturday and Sunday.