Ladyjacks win, UTA, CBU come up short
The UT Arlington Lady Mavs went to-to-toe with Kansas on Wednesday night. Courtesy UTA Athletics.

WBB: Ladyjacks Win, UTA, CBU Come Up Just a Bit Short

The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks and UT Arlington Lady Mavs went on the road Tuesday. And both had different outcomes against very different opponents. For the California Baptist women, the Lancers had a love/hate relationship at the free throw line in a late finish at CBU Events Center.

Either way, here are some thoughts from last night’s women’s basketball action around the WAC.

Ladyjacks Continue the Sustained Success

When SFA women’s basketball head coach Mark Kellogg made the announcement that Zya Nugent was out for the season, there was some anxiety. How would SFA fare without the WAC Tournament MVP and team leader? Could they replace the offensive production and leadership?

Well, it’s safe to say that Aiyana Johnson, Avery Brittingham and the Ladyjacks have answered that question pretty well 10 days into the 2022-23 season.

And on the road at North Texas on Wednesday night, the Ladyjacks put on another offensive and defensive clinic. Angel Scott had a team-high 17 points, Johnson had a double-double and Brittingham had 14 points in an 80-49 win over the Mean Green.

Here is the thing…it only took SFA two quarters to take control on Wednesday night. The Ladyjacks outscored the Mean Green 55-16 between the second and third quarter. And with such a big lead heading into the fourth quarter, Mark Kellogg was able to give his starters some rest.

SFA is 3-1 so far. And the anomaly was a road loss at Rice where the Ladyjacks just ran out of gas in the second half.

The Ladyjacks have a week off before heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Clasicó Thanksgiving Tournament. SFA will face Morgan State on Thanksgiving afternoon. And then face Boston College on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Lady Mavs Battle Power 6 Opponent

Do you ever wonder why you take exhibition games with a grain of salt? Well, the UT Arlington Lady Mavs are making a good case to why that statement is accurate.

The preseason favorite is 2-1 on the young 2022-23 season. UTA has wins over Texas Southern and A&M-Commerce. And on Wednesday night, the Lady Mavs went toe-to-toe with Big 12 foe Kansas at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.

Jireh Washington had 18 points and five assists, WAC preseason Player of the Year Starr Jacobs had 15 points and six rebounds, and Kayla White had 13 points.

But, the Lady Mavs came up just short in the 79-74 loss. Had it not been for a rough second quarter, the Lady Mavs would have pulled off the upset. UTA used a big third quarter, outscoring Kansas 25-13 to get back in the ball game. But it wasn’t quite enough. Simply put, a big second quarter by the Jayhawks was the difference.

Either way, despite some rumbling surrounding a near-upset in an exhibition against Texas Woman’s University, the Lady Mavs have shown, early on, they are legit contenders for the WAC title.

UTA plays Oklahoma in a neutral court setting at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth on Sunday. Then heads to Daytona Beach, Florida after Thanksgiving to take on Cincinnati and Toledo on back-to-back days.

Free Throw Line Proves Costly in Overtime Loss

Sometimes there is a love/hate relationship with the free throw line in a college basketball game. On Wednesday night at the CBU Events Center, that was the case for the CBU Lancers women’s basketball team. The Lancers got to the charity stripe 50 times. Yes, 50!

That is a lot of free throw attempts.

But, the Lancers also lost 110-104 in double overtime to Northern Arizona who got to the free throw line 33 times.

Here is the good news and bad news for Lancer fans. The Lancers got to the free throw line alot, and gave themselves a chance to score points while the clock was stopped. As you can see from the difference in attempts, CBU had plenty of opportunities to score and win the ball game from the free throw line.

But, the bad news is that CBU missed 20 free throw attempts in the contest. Yes, the Lancers were 30-50 from the charity stripe…and lost by six points.

A love/hate relationship, indeed. You love that CBU attacked the basket and got to the free throw line as much as it did. But, you hate the fact that the Lancers missed so many opportunities at the charity stripe.

Chloe Webb had a team-high 25 points before fouling out late. Trinity San Antonio had 22 points and six rebounds before fouling out. Brittany Klaman and Grace Schmidt each had 13 points. And Nae Nae Calhoun had 11 points and five rebounds before fouling out.

It was actually a wild game in Riverside Wednesday night. NAU made 37 total field goals. 15 of those came from the 3-point line. CBU made 35 field goals. Four of those came from 3-point land. CBU was 30-50 from the charity stripe. NAU was 21-33.

NAU had five players foul out including three starters. CBU had three players foul out including two starters.

And in the first overtime, the teams combined for 18 points. In the second overtime, the teams combined for 36. Make it make sense.

CBU is 1-2 and hosts Santa Clara on Saturday. The Lancers will then head to La Jolla, California for the USD Thanksgiving Tournament. CBU will face Arizona on Black Friday and Idaho State on Nov. 26.

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