GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Utah Valley got within 10 points of Great West Conference leader North Dakota late in the second half Saturday afternoon, but the Wolverines couldn't get any closer in dropping a 68-57 decision to the Fighting Sioux.
UVU pulled with 52-42 on a 3-pointer by Kayla Burningham with 10:35 left in the game, and again on a pair of free throws by Erika Newbold with 3:19 remaining.
Burningham paced the Wolverines with a career-high 18 points while tying a school record with six 3-pointers. Kaycee Mansfield added 10 points and seven rebounds, while Newbold finished with nine points and eight rebounds, and Jenna Johnson finished with eight points. Asumi Nakayama led UVU with eight assists.
With the loss, the Wolverines drop to 5-22 overall and 1-9 in Great West Conference action, while UND improves to 10-13 overall and 6-1 in league play.
SLCC 83, EASTERN UTAH 62: At Price, Utah, sixth-ranked Salt Lake Community College won its third straight game by defeating the College of Eastern Utah.
SLCC held just a five-point lead at halftime, but a big second-half scoring spree secured the win for the Bruins.
Haley Holmstead finished with 28 points, and Alli Blake added 18 for SLCC. Guard Dayna Burgess contributed nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. Salt Lake was a near-perfect 25-of-26 from the foul line.
The Bruins are in first place in the SWAC with a two-game lead heading into the final week of conference play.