“The Utah Valley women’s basketball team (1-1) defeated the Bristol Bears (21) Saturday in their second game of the season 109-74, the fourth highest scoring game in UVU history.
True freshman Taylor Gordon led the Wolverines with a career high 23 points. She was only outscored in the game by Bristol’s Monica Jackson with 25 points.
“It was a team effort and we had some players come off the bench and make some contributions that we needed them to make,” head coach Cathy Nixon said. “As a team we aren’t just looking at this game we are focused on the process and are looking ahead to our game on Monday night against Montana Tech.”
The Wolverines took an early 10-4 lead with a layup from Rhaiah Spooner-Knight, a three pointer from freshman Mariah Seals and a free throw from Sam Loggins with 16:38 left. The Wolverines continued to roll with the three pointers with freshman Taylor Gordon recording two and senior Megan Smith banking her first career three by the half.
Karlee Norris contributed 14 points before the break shooting 6-7 from the field and adding two free throws. Spooner-Knight and Gordon (8-12 from the field) each had twelve points at the half. Norris, Spooner-Knight and Gordon registered 38 points of the 56-33 score at the half.
Spooner-Knight would go on to score two more points, contributing 14 points total to the final score. Loggins also contributed 12 points.
The streak continued for Gordon, shooting 3-5 from the three point line, tearing down four rebounds, banking 5 assists and two steals. Gordon led the team in points, steals and assists.
Utah Valley shot 22-33, or 71 percent from the field, and 4-6, or 66.7 percent from behind the three point line in the first half. Overall the UVU field goal percentage was 61 percent, the fifth highest in Utah Valley history.
The Wolverines made 32 free throws, the second highest in UVU history, and tied the school record for free throws attempted in a game with 45. The last record was set against Montana State in 2006.
Upcoming Utah Valley home games are on 12/6 Boise State 3 pm, 12/11 Air Force 7 pm, and 12/29 Nebraska-Omaha 3 pm at the UCCU Center.
Taylor Gordon leads UVU to win over Bristol university 109-74.