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Tough Weekend for UVU Athletic Teams

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From shocking losses on the hardwood, to a rough start on the softball diamond, it was a pretty brutal weekend for some UVU teams.

It started on Thursday afternoon in the Lockhart Arena and was capped off on Sunday with an extra-inning loss in Las Vegas. Here is a look at the tough weekend it was.

Chicago State women stun UVU, end 59-game losing streak

Yes, that is correct. The Cougars had not won a game since Feb. 4, 2016 when they knocked off Seattle U in Chicago. But, on Thursday, Chicago State did the unthinkable. The Cougars hit 12 3-pointers and shot an impressive 53.5 percent from the field to snap that losing streak with an 84-74 win over UVU in a sold-out Lockhart Arena.

Chicago State’s Konner Harris had a career-high 25 points while Phylicia Johnson chipped in 20 points. Ines Mata Boix had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Tyeshia Bowers finished with 10 points. 

Harris hit a 3-pointer that gave Chicago State an 18-3 lead with 2:54 left in the first quarter. And, the Cougars never looked back. 

UVU tried to comeback, especially in the fourth quarter. Alexis Cortez hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to five. However, Chicago State went 8-of-9 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the win.

Mariah Seals finished with a team-high 21 points to go along with eight assists. Jordan Holland finished with 12 points and six rebounds while Alexis Cortez and Leya Harvey both finished with 10 points.

UVU’s Taylor Christensen scored eight points and became the seventh Wolverine to hit the 1,000-point clip in the NCAA Division I era. 

UMKC shoots UVU out of historic Municipal Auditorium

There are nights when, as an opposing team, you just have to shake your heads at shots your opponent is making. That is exactly what happened with the UVU men’s basketball team on Saturday night in historic Municipal Auditorium.

Akolda Manyang had 22 points and 9 rebounds in UVU’s loss at UMKC on Saturday. Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics.

UMKC hit 13 3-pointers, including some from WAY downtown with the shot clock running down to knock off UVU, 77-70. 

Jordan Giles had a career-high 23 points, Broderick Robinson had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds and UMKC shot an amazing 51.9 percent from the field in the upset win.

Yes, it is an upset. UVU beat UMKC by 36 on Jan. 11 in Orem. And UVU did that without Akolda Manyang who was dealing with a foot injury. Manyang had a solid game on Saturday, though. The 7-footer had 22 points and nine rebounds and kept UVU in the ballgame in the first half. Unfortunately, shooting woes caught up with the Wolverines. UVU was just 5-of-15 from 3-point land and 13-of-24 from the free throw line. 

The worst part of this loss is that instead of being all alone in second place and two games ahead of Grand Canyon, UVU is back in a tie with Seattle and one game ahead of GCU for that two-seed. UVU hosts New Mexico State on Thursday and then UTRGV on Saturday. The Wolverines still have to play at Grand Canyon and end the season at home against Seattle. 

Here is the other bad news surrounding Saturday’s loss: UTRGV has won two straight and sits at 5-4 in WAC play. If UVU loses to NMSU on Thursday and UTRGV knocks off Seattle, there will be a four-way tie for second place in the WAC. Not the predicament that UVU wants to be in coming down the stretch of the regular season. 

Wrestling suffers back-to-back losses

Coming into Friday, UVU was ranked No. 25 in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll. It is the first time in program history UVU has cracked the Top-25. But, traveling to Laramie to take on 17th-ranked Wyoming without its two highest-ranked wrestlers isn’t quite what the doctor ordered.

The Cowboys gave UVU a piece of humble pie to the tune of a 38-4 win over the Wolverines in a Big 12 Conference dual meet. Wyoming won all but one of the 10 matches.

Kimball Bastian won both his matches over the weekend as UVU fell at Wyoming and at Air Force. Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics.

17th-ranked Kimball Bastian at 174 pounds was the lone Wolverine to win on Friday night. Upsets at 197 pounds and at heavyweight were all part of Wyoming’s dominance on Friday. 

125-pounder Taylor LaMont and 165-pounder Demetrius Romero did not wrestle for UVU over the weekend. LaMont is ranked 6th in most rankings and also No. 1 in the NCAA RPI in his weight class. Romero is ranked 16th in most polls and 5th in the RPI. 

UVU traveled to Colorado Springs the following night to take on Air Force. With the dual tied after six matches, Air Force won the final four matches to earn the 26-10 win over the Wolverines. Kimball Bastian won again at 174 pounds while Tanner Orndorff (197), and Dustin Dennison (285 pounds) both rebounded to pick up wins. 

Not quite the weekend UVU wanted to have after picking up its first-ever Top-25 ranking. The Wolverines finish off the regular season on Friday when they host Northern Colorado on Senior Night. 

Softball finishes opening weekend 1-4

Season-opening tournaments aren’t always the best indicator of what a team will do over the course of a season. Opening against 16th-ranked Minnesota at the Sportco Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas, the UVU softball team battled.

Finding itself down 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth, UVU got on the board with a 3-spot to cut the deficit to two going into the seventh inning. The Golden Gophers responded with three runs to put the game away and earn an 8-3 win in the season opener for both teams.

In the nightcap, walks and errors did the Wolverines in. Creighton took advantage of 10 combined miscues and free passes on its way to a 15-1, five-inning contest.

On Saturday, host UNLV topped UVU, 8-0, in another run-rule shortened game. UVU picked up its first win of the season in the nightcap against Southern Utah. Caragh Morris had the big blast, a pinch-hit grand slam, in the fourth inning that gave UVU a 7-2 lead. 

In the finale on Sunday, it was a pitchers duel between UVU’s Addie Jensen and North Dakota State’s Jacquelyn Sertic. Unfortunately, despite the impressive outing by Jensen, UVU couldn’t get the timely hit and fell 2-1 in extra innings. 

The Wolverines have a week off before heading to St. George for a two-game series against Southern Utah on Feb. 25. 

 

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