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Tarleton State G/F Emily Cunningham is this week's WAC Hoops Digest Newcomer of the Week after helping the Texans to a non-conference road win at UTRGV. Courtesy Toby Rhodes/Tarleton State Athletics.

WAC Hoops Digest Women’s Basketball News and Notes Week Ending 1/30/21

It was a light week in terms of women’s hoops but we’ve still got awards to hand out as well as a look ahead in this notebook. And this week, a lot of basketball is happening.

Newcomer of the Week 

Our WAC Hoops Digest Newcomer of the Week is Tarleton State’s Emily Cunningham. Cunningham led the Texans to a road non-conference win at UTRGV with 20 points on 7-10 FG’s (3-5 3s) in 25 minutes. On the year Cunningham is averaging 9.4 PPG and shooting just under 41% from three point range. 

Player of the Week

Meanwhile our Player of the Week award goes to Seattle University’s Georgia Kehoe. Last week, in two road wins at Chicago State, the Australian import averaged 14.0 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2.5 blocks per game. An impressive Friday performance of 18 points (14 second half), 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks propelled her to the top of the board. On the year, Kehoe is averaging 11.2 PPG and 5.9 RPG. 

The Week Ahead

Monday & Tuesday>> Tarleton State at Grand Canyon University 

5 p.m. MT on WAC Digital Network both nights

UPDATE – Grand Canyon University swept this series and is now 3-1 in WAC play.

Friday & Saturday>> 

New Mexico State at California Baptist University, 2 p.m. PST on WDN both days

Last week the Lancers were idle as there was a positive COVID-19 test in UTRGV tier one personnel. New Mexico State has been on pause since the Monday after their series with Grand Canyon University with COVID-19 related issues. It’s a matchup of the WAC standard bearer versus a rapidly rising Lancers program looking to keep their unblemished record intact. 

UTRGV at Grand Canyon University, 2 p.m. MT Saturday & 11 a.m. MT Sunday. Both games on the WDN.

Another big series in Phoenix as the Vaqueros look to finally get into the WAC standings in 2021. For first-year head coach Molly Miller and Co., a sweep keeps them relevant in the regular season championship race depending on events in Riverside. If you want some women’s basketball on your Super Sunday morning, this is your series. A schedule change puts it right up against pregame coverage. 

Chicago State at Utah Valley University, 5:30pm MST on Friday and 3 p.m. MST Saturday with both games on the WDN. 

After being swept by CBU in their conference opening series, the Wolverines protected home floor by sweeping Seattle. Another sweep keeps them in contention for the regular season title heading towards mid-February. Chicago State makes this trip looking to play the role of spoiler to those hopes. 

Seattle University is idle in conference after Dixie State suspended women’s basketball competition in response to COVID-19. However, the Redhawks booked a home game against Northwest University (NAIA-Cascade Conference) at 3 p.m. PST Saturday (ESPN+). 

Basketball players
Georgia Kehoe is the WAC Hoops Digest Player Week after leading Seattle to a series sweep at Chicago State. Courtesy Seattle U Athletics.

WAC Teams in the Mid-Major Top-25 Poll

California Baptist University’s women’s basketball team continues to climb the mid-major top-25 rankings. This week the Lancers find themselves at a season-high No. 9, gaining two spots over last week. In a school release Lancers head coach Jarrod Olson said “It’s a big honor to be ranked this high. It puts us in some real good company and is a big step for us in terms of the big picture of our program. The teams ahead of us are rich in tradition and success, and it is our goal to compete with them.”

Also with soon to be WAC ties in the poll is Stephen F. Austin who checks in at No. 7 after a big win against Sam Houston State. 



About the author

Derryl Trujillo

Derryl Trujillo is a Southern California based sportswriter who won the 2019 Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association's Supporter of the Year award. He joined the WAC Hoops Digest staff in 2020 and also covers local sports for Inland Sports and the Valley News. Before transitioning to media Derryl was a high school, collegiate and club volleyball official along with serving as a high school basketball scorekeeper for ten years.

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