It was another wild weekend for WAC Women’s Basketball. Games were postponed due to weather. Multiple games came down to the wire. All-in-all, every game was entertaining. Let’s take a look at the nine games we had this weekend from Saturday and Monday.
Stephen F. Austin 66, Abilene Christian 53
There was no wild ending at Moody Coliseum on Saturday. This game was never really in question. SFA played solid and got it done on the road. Avery Brittingham, Kurstyn Harden, and Jordan Harrison all scored in double figures. When these three get it going, the Ladyjacks are hard to stop, and the Wildcats saw that firsthand. Despite great performances from Maleeah Langstaff and Aspen Thornton, ACU struggled against the Ladyjacks.
Utah Tech 87, UT Arlington 70
The Lady Mavs struggles continued at home against Utah Tech. Despite both teams performing well offensively, the difference was shooting percentage. The Trailblazers shot 52.5 percent from the field and 59.3 percent from deep. UTA, on the other hand, shot just 37 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range. The win moves UTU to 6-5 on the season with UTA suffering its seventh conference loss.
Utah Valley 63, Tarleton 59
This was a wild one at Wisdom Gym. After a second-half comeback, the visiting Wolverines forced overtime. UVU outscored the Texans by just four points in extra time with a final score of 63-59. The Wolverines were led by a stellar performance from Freshman Kaylee Byon. She had 21 points and shot 58 percent from the field. Another big reason for their win was holding Tarleton’s star Teresa Da Silva to just 8 points in 19 minutes played. This was only UVU’s second win in WAC play. But considering their other win was against GCU, this team is certainly capable of taking down anyone on any given night.
Southern Utah 84, UTRGV 55
No surprise here. SUU continued its reign of terror in the WAC by crushing the Lady Vaqueros at UTRGV Fieldhouse. The T-Birds had five players in double digits, resulting in a near 30-point blowout. Megan Jensen had a game-high 21 points. The middle quarters were friendly for the T-Birds who shot 63 percent in the second quarter and 70 percent in the third quarter.
Sam Houston 66, California Baptist 62
This was one of the wild games of the weekend. One of many close games this season. CBU certainly went into this one as the clear-cut favorite. But sometimes a chip on the shoulder is just what a team needs to pull out the victory. SHSU went into Riverside with a purpose. Despite never having a lead larger than four points and being behind for much of the game, the Bearkats pulled ahead in the last two and a half minutes to take the victory.
GCU 64, New Mexico State 59
Potentially the final time we see this rivalry on the court, and it certainly did not disappoint. In a wild one at the Pan Am Center, Sydney Palma made her first appearance since December. Although Palma didn’t do much in limited minutes, it is a good sign for GCU to have her back in action. Someone we saw plenty of for the Lopes was Olivia Lane. She led her squad with a 26-point, 6-rebound performance that helped carry the Lopes to victory. For the Aggies, Tayelin Grays had another great game, scoring 23 points in 35 minutes played. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to defend their home court as the Lopes swept the season series.
Stephen F. Austin 68, Tarleton 54
The Ladyjacks played their second of three in-state matchups in a row when they faced Tarleton in Stephenville. It was kind of a ho hum performance for the Ladyjacks. In fact, Tarleton led by two points at halftime. However, SFA turned things on in the second half as the Ladyjacks cruised to the 14-point win. The Ladyjacks outscored the Texans 37-21 in the final two periods. It was a huge performance for Aiyana Johnson that helped seal the deal. Johnson had 28 points, 11 rebounds, and shot 10-12 from the field. Before their rematch against the Lopes, the Ladyjacks face UTRGV in Nacogdoches on Thursday.
UT Arlington 60, Southern Utah 58
And just like that, SUU’s undefeated record in WAC play ends in a wild one at College Park Center. If we are being honest, it was certainly not a game they were expected to lose. It truly was a story of two halves. After being outscored 29-23 in the first half, the Lady Mavs came back with a vengeance. Kayla White continued what has been a potential All-WAC season. White led UTA with her season-high 22 points. Starr Jacobs also did her thing with an impressive 15-point, 13-rebound double-double. The T-Birds look to get back in the win column on Thursday when they host New Mexico State.
Abilene Christian 73, Utah Valley 46
The Wildcats bounced back from their loss to SFA with a convincing win over UVU. Maleeah Langstaff, Bella Earle, and Addison Martin all felt good at home, having double-digit scoring performances. Martin led all players with 20 points and shot 10-12 from the field. UVU simply could not get it going offensively, shooting 31.5 percent from the field and a freezing 26.1 percent from deep. The win cements the season sweep for the Wildcats. ACU continues its home stand Thursday night when they host CBU.