The Utah Valley University women's basketball team concludes its regular season on the road at Grand Canyon University on Saturday, March 5, at 4 p.m. MT, in the GCU Arena.
The Wolverines have improved on their regular season record, having finished 11-18 in the regular season in the 2014-15 season, and currently sit at 15-13, and they could finish with 16 wins.
Utah Valley is sitting tied for second in the WAC standings, and in order to earn second place overall, the Wolverines must defeat Grand Canyon and UT Rio Grande Valley must fall to WAC leader NM State. The standings will dictate Utah Valley's seed in the WAC tournament, and pending the conference's outcomes on Saturday, the Wolverines could be seeded as high as second or as low as fourth.
"Our seeding in the tournament is on the line, and it's coming down to the very last weekend of conference play. We have to play our best basketball. This is really the beginning of championship season. We are going to put together a good game on Saturday to give ourselves the best possible chance for the tournament next week."
The Wolverines have three scorers averaging in double figures in conference play and have won eight of their last 10 contests. Utah Valley is on a four-game winning streak and picked up its last win on Saturday over Seattle U in its final home contest of the season. Senior Sam Loggins leads UVU in WAC play with 11.6 points, with sophomore Deijah Blanks right behind with 11.5 points and Mariah Seals is the third scorer in double figures with 10.5 through 13 conference games. Seals leads the Wolverines through all contests averaging 11.5 points per game.
Utah Valley boasts one of the best offenses in the conference this season scoring 66.9 points per game, second best in the conference to WAC leader NM State, which is pulling 69.7 points a game. The Wolverines also average the fewest turnovers in the WAC this season at 14.4 per game.
In the series, the Wolverines have defeated the 'Lopes just once and trail 4-1 all-time. The win came in the first set of conference play in the 2014-15 season, when the Wolverines defeated GCU, 52-50, in Orem. The Antelopes bested Utah Valley on the road last season and again in Orem earlier this season, 61-53.
GCU has four scorers averaging in double figures through the season and three scorers in double figures in conference play. Jessica Gajewski leads the Antelopes with 12.3 ppg, while Dana Jones averages 11.1 on the season. Cheyenne Hendrington paces the 'Lopes on the boards with 6.9 per contest and also averages 11.3 points per contest. In their last contest, the Antelopes fell to CSU Bakersfield, 76-67, at home. The loss ended a three-game losing streak where the 'Lopes defeated Seattle U, UMKC and Chicago State.
The contest will be live streamed on the WAC Digital Network, and a StatBroadcast will be available. Links can be found on UVU's website.