The Utah Valley women’s basketball team was a preseason favorite to win the WAC regular season crown. But, a slow start added with COVID issues has kind of made the Wolverines a bit of an afterthought. UVU is 6-3 overall and 4-2 in WAC play. The two losses were at the hands of undefeated California Baptist in the first conference series of the 2020-21 season.
Dan Nielson explains how his team has dealt with the adversity of this pandemic season. In fact, he uses the fact that UVU has taken a back seat to GCU and CBU as motivation to get his team ready to play. The Wolverines are coming off a sweep of Chicago State last weekend where UVU didn’t play particularly well. Nielson attributes some of that to being on pause for nearly two weeks.
The second-year coach is excited to have a few more practices under their belt before UVU hosts GCU on Friday and Saturday. The series was set for the last regular season weekend but both teams put it in motion to play a bit earlier after both had open weekends.
Josie Williams and Maria Carvalho are big pieces Nielson relies on. And Carvalho has to be her All-WAC self this weekend against GCU’s pressure. The Wolverines may be out of the running for the regular season crown. In fact, Utah Valley needs to get some help as well as do its job to have any chance. But, getting that two seed could be a big thing considering CBU is not eligible for the NCAA Tournament.
Both games are set to tip at 2 p.m. MT on the WAC Digital Network.
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