Utah Valley guard Britta Hall made a career-high six 3-pointers to lead a fourth-quarter Wolverine charge before Cal Poly held on for a 77-65 win over Utah Valley on Saturday at the Mott Athletics Center.
Hall, who went 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, hit two 3-pointers in the final three minutes to help guide a 27-4 push in UVU's near comeback toward the end of the game. A sophomore transfer from San Jose State, Hall finished with a season-high-tying 18 points, which she also had in her season debut versus BYU.
"It's definitely exciting," said Hall. "I feel like I've been in a shooting slump as of late, but my teammates were able to find me and exploit the help side of Cal Poly's defense today. I don't know if it was by luck or confidence, but I was able to help my team with that from the 3-point line."
After falling behind by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter, UVU fought to pull to within eight points of the Mustangs on Hall's final basket from downtown with less than a minute remaining.
Freshman Leya Harvey jump started the Wolverines' big push during the final 4:30 with back-to-back putbacks following a pair of offensive rebounds. Junior guard Taylor Gordon joined in Utah Valley's scoring spree with four points on a pair of layups, while freshman Jordan Holland contributed two free throws in between Hall's final 3-pointers.
Gordon, who tallied her second double-double of the year (15 points, 11 rebounds), finished the day as one of three UVU scorers to reach double figures. Mariah Seals rounded out the double-digit scoring with 12 points, including five points in the fourth quarter.
Utah Valley's 25-point fourth quarter on 10-of-17 shooting gave the Wolverines their highest point total and field goal percentage (58.8 percent FG) in a single quarter this season. In addition, the 10 made baskets also marked a season high this year for shots made in a quarter.
"I was happy that our girls kept fighting," said Utah Valley head coach Cathy Nixon. "That's something we've been talking about. We'll continue to work on the process and try to help our inexperienced players mature more quickly. I feel like there is a win on the horizon."
Despite the big night from UVU's triple-threat backcourt, Cal Poly went 6-of-6 at the free-throw line in the contest's final 50 seconds, as Dynn Leaupepe sank four and Amanda Lovely drained two to secure the Mustang win. The successful free-throw attempts helped Cal Poly retain its double-digit lead it established with an 18-6 run at the end of the first half.
"If I could sum up in one word what is missing with our team right now, I think it's consistency. We have some moments where we're really good, and we scored 25 points in the fourth quarter today. But then we have moments where we aren't very good at both ends of the floor," Nixon said.
Cal Poly's Leaupepe finished with 17 points on the night and was followed by the squad's leading scorer Hannah Gilbert, who added 14, to lead the way for the Mustangs.
The Wolverines return home from their two-day trip to the Golden State to host Pepperdine on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Tipoff from the UCCU Center is slated for 7 p.m.