EDINBURG – Franchesca Simon hit a floater in the lane to give the University of Texas-Pan American Broncs women’s basketball team the lead with four seconds left, but Sammie Jensen went coast-to-coast for a layup to send the Utah Valley University Wolverines to a 51-50 win over the Broncs on Saturday at the UTPA Field House.
Jensen was the only Wolverine (11-14, 5-1 GWC) in double-figures, but she scored a game-high 21 points with a game-high 21 rebounds (five offensive) on 9-of-19 shooting.
Two Broncs (9-15, 2-4 Great West Conference) reached double-figures, led by Cassandra Moody, who scored a career-high 20 points with 12 rebounds and four blocks. Harlingen-native Bianca Torre scored 11 points.
The game was tight throughout the first half. In the second half, the Broncs found themselves down 28-23 after five minutes, but Torre hit a three to spark a 16-4 run that saw the Broncs go up 39-32. The Wolverines responded with an 11-3 run, capped by a Jensen three that gave the Wolverines a 43-42 lead with 3:53 remaining.
The game went back and forth the rest of the way as Moody made a layup to put the Broncs up 44-43, but a Kaycee Mansfield three-point play made it 46-44. A Torre layup tied it up, but a Jensen free throw made it 47-46 Wolverines. Simon and Jensen traded baskets over the final 41 seconds, but Jensen hit the last shot and KaeLynn Boyd’s half court heave at the buzzer missed wide left.