Utah Valley University stayed perfect in WAC play, coming from behind before holding off Seattle University in the waning seconds, 58-55, on Saturday afternoon at the Redhawk Center.
Eve Braslis finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Wolverines (9-7, 3-0), who have won three straight. Jordan Holland added 13 points and grabbed nine boards and stole the inbound pass with 5.4 seconds left and UVU up two. After she hit one of her two attempts from the line, the Redhawks (0-16, 0-3) couldn't get off a good look in an attempt to force overtime.
"This win showed a lot of growth for us," said UVU head coach Cathy Nixon. "I'm proud of the girls and the way they stayed focused after getting buried in the first quarter. I love the mentality we're playing with right now, and we needed to prove we could win on the road and we did that today."
Joana Alves had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Seattle U, while Carla Bieg finished with 15 and Courtney Murphy added 12.
The Wolverines trailed 42-32 after an Alves layup with 5:39 left in the third before closing the quarter on a 16-3 run to take a 49-45 lead. A 9-0 run was capped by a Madison Grange corner three to make it a 42-41 game. After Murphy stopped that run with a three for the Redhawks, the Wolverines scored eight straight to end the quarter. Braslis tied it with a jumper before Keana Delos Santos gave the Wolverines their first lead of the game with 1:30 left in the third. UVU hit 8-of-12 from the floor to outscore the Redhawks, 21-11, in the quarter.
The Wolverines led the entire fourth quarter but never by more than four points. Both teams struggled to find a bucket in the final frame and down the stretch.
Seattle U finished 29-for-59 (33.9 percent) from the field, while Utah Valley shot 46.5 percent (20-for-43). UVU had a 39-26 edge on the glass with Maria Carvalho grabbing six from the point guard position.Comment on this story
The Redhawks controlled the game early after hitting their first three attempts from beyond the arc, all within the first two minutes of the game, to take an early 9-2 lead. Seattle went 5-for-7 from three and got eight points apiece from Alves and Kamira Sanders to build a 25-15 lead after a quarter. UVU hit 6-of-7 from the field in the quarter, but seven turnovers had the Wolverines playing from behind early.
Utah Valley trailed 31-21 before scoring seven-straight points during a stretch where Seattle U missed seven-straight attempts from the field. Holland, who had 11 first-half points for UVU, scored five during the run before an Alexis Cortez jumper made it 31-28. A late 3-pointer by Sarah Rahon gave Seattle a 34-28 at the half.
Utah Valley continues its road swing next week with games at UT Rio Grande Valley on Thursday and at New Mexico State on Saturday.