San Jose, Calif. - Ta'Rea Cunnigan scored a career-high 25 points and two other Spartans had double-doubles as the San Jose State women's basketball team defeated the Utah Valley (UVU) Wolverines 81-72 on Thursday night in The Event Center.
San Jose State (2-0) used tough defensive pressure in the first half to hold the UVU to just 20 percent shooting (6-for-30). The Spartans took an 8-0 lead in the first five minutes only to see Utah Valley tie the game, 8-8, with 13:19 to go in the half.
The Spartans then went on a 18-to-2 run over the next eight minutes, led by 10 points from Cunnigan, for a 26-10 lead. The teams went to the locker rooms with San Jose State holding a 36-17 advantage.
San Jose State forced 18 turnovers in the half, 29 for the game, and turned them into 32 points overall.
Classye James had 12 points and six boards in the first 20 minutes and finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Utah Valley (1-2) started the second half on a 10-to-0 run with six coming from Sammie Jensen. Jensen would lead the Wolverines with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Taylor Huber added 15 points and Whitney Jenkins contributed 13.
San Jose State had its biggest lead of the night, 20 points, after a Riana Byrd jumper made the score 50-30 with 13:19 to play. Byrd finished the night with 14 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
The Wolverines would get the lead down to nine points in the last two minutes before falling 81-72. San Jose State is 2-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
The Spartans next game is at the University of Evansville on Saturday, November 17. Tip off for the game is set for 1:00 p.m.