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Women's basketball: Utah Valley hosts UMKC and CSU for last home games

To close out its 2014-15 regular season, the Utah Valley University women's basketball team hosts Kansas City on Thursday at 7 p.m. MT, and Chicago State on Saturday at 3 p.m., in the PE Building.

The Wolverines (9-17, 3-8 WAC) enter the home stand on a two-game losing streak, following heartbreaking losses from WAC leader New Mexico State, 67-62, and Texas-Pan American, 57-55, last week.

Sophomore guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight leads Utah Valley in scoring averaging 13.5 points per game, with freshman Mariah Seals close behind with 11.3 points per game. Karlee Norris leads the Wolverines on the boards bringing down 7.1 per game.

The Kansas City Kangaroos (6-20, 4-7 WAC) come to Orem following a 78-76 defeat from league favorite Bakersfield. The Roos are led by Calli White with 11.6 points per game and Aries Washington with 10.3. On the boards, Kiana Law averages 6.7 per contest.

All-time against the Roos, Kansas City leads 2-1 and won its last contest against Utah Valley, 61-58, at UMKC on Jan. 31.

"I think every team would say this time of year, it's about playing your best basketball. Honestly, in spite of the losses that we've had the last couple weeks, I think we are playing our best basketball," head coach Cathy Nixon said. "This gives us a chance to show that here at home for the last time this season, and hopefully be able to come out with a couple wins. This weekend is important for us. We need to be competitive and playing well and going in the right direction."

Chicago State (4-21, 1-10 WAC) enters the contest on a three-game losing streak delivered by Kansas City, 77-46; Bakersfield, 83-57; and Seattle U, 56-49. The Cougars earned their only WAC win over Utah Valley, 60-55, earlier this year in Chicago. Paris Williams leads CSU with 11.9 points per game with Layne Murphy close behind with 10.1 points. Murphy also leads the Cougars on the boards with 8.2 per game.

UVU leads the series, 9-6, against the Cougars, with CSU claiming the last victory.

The contest against Chicago State is the last home game for the Wolverines this season, and senior Megan Smith will be honored for her efforts for Utah Valley.

A live stream, live radio and a StatBroadcast will be available, and links can be found on UVU's website.