Week five of conference play ended with a day where all five games had single digit margins of victory. In Nacogdoches, the Ladyjacks regular season title hopes took a big hit thanks to a hot 3-point shooting day from CBU. Southern Utah pushed themselves to 8-0 while GCU, Sam Houston, and Seattle also picked up wins. Let’s get to the recap…
California Baptist 82, Stephen F. Austin 74
Losing, especially at home, is something the Stephen F. Austin (17-4, 7-2) women’s basketball team is not used to.
However, on Saturday, the CBU (11-9, 7-2) women’s basketball team set a season high in made 3-pointers (13) and for a second straight game shot above 50 percent from beyond the arc in an 8-point win at The Sawmill.
Sila Finau led the charge with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists while Grace Schmidt and Dorcas Wu each added 16 points. Trinity San Antonio added 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals for CBU in the win. Wu (4), Finau (3), and San Antonio (3) combined to connect on 10 of the 13 CBU makes from 3-point range.
In defeat, Jordan Harrison led the Ladyjacks with 15 points, three assists and three steals while Kurstyn Harden added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Avery Brittingham added 11 points and nine rebounds while Aiyana Johnson added 10 points.
Sila comes up clutch with huge buckets in the fourth to put away the Lady Jacks and earn player of the game honors. ???#LanceUp⚔️⚔️ pic.twitter.com/JcBezfwsMd
— California Baptist Women's Basketball (@CBUwbb) January 28, 2023
Southern Utah 55, Tarleton 48
In Cedar City, the Texans (7-13, 1-8) led at half but fell on the road as Southern Utah (12-7, 8-0) used an 18-9 third quarter to take back the lead and then hang on to stay undefeated at the America First Events Center.
Cherita Daugherty had 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists to lead the Thunderbirds while Tomekia Whitman added another 14 points and four rebounds. Daylani Ballena chipped in another 10 points with four rebounds for Southern Utah.
Tyler Jackson had 15 points to lead Tarleton with a pair of rebounds while Teresa Da Silva chipped in 14 points, three steals and a pair of rebounds.
Q4 | ???? @CheritaNicole rn#TBirdNation pic.twitter.com/fzMYvPdDiJ
— SUU Women’s Basketball (@SUUWBasketball) January 28, 2023
Grand Canyon 68, Abilene Christian 59
In Phoenix, the Lopes (15-6, 7-3) trailed at halftime but used a 21-9 third quarter to retake the lead and then prevail. Olivia Lane had 13 points and four rebounds and Tierra Brown added 12 points with another four rebounds to lead GCU.
In defeat, Abilene Christian (10-10, 4-5) was led by Aspen Thornton’s 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Maleeah Langstaff added 11 points, five rebounds and two steals while Addison Martin had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Madi Miller chipped in another 10 points with four rebounds for the Wildcats.
Lane's first half stats ?
2-of-2 from the floor
3-of-3 from the free throw line#LopesUp pic.twitter.com/jqAWS6J9ET
— GCU Women's Basketball (@GCU_WBB) January 28, 2023
Sam Houston 70, UTRGV 65
In Huntsville, the Bearkats (9-10, 5-4) split their home stand and got back above .500 in conference play. Madelyn Batista had a double double of 15 points with 11 rebounds to lead the way while Sydnee Kemp added 14 points.
For UTRGV (7-12, 1-7), it was Deborah Ogayemi with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals leading the way. Mele Kailahi and Jena’ Williams each added 15 points for the Vaqueros. Kailahi added seven rebounds.
Sydnee Kemp from down ?️! Bearkats take the lead. #EatEmUpKats
— Sam Houston Women’s Basketball (@Bearkats_WBB) January 28, 2023
Seattle U 70, Utah Tech 66
At the Burns Arena, Seattle (3-16, 3-6) picked up its third win of the year behind a big day from Taliyah Clark who posted 17 points with five rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win. Clark also connected on a quartet of 3-pointers. Mya Moore added 15 points while Irena Korolenko contributed 12 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Peyton Howard also chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Redhawks.
In defeat, Utah Tech (13-7, 5-4) got 17 points, five rebounds, four steals and three blocks from Emily Isaacson who also hit five 3-pointers. Amber Kartchner added 13 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists while Breauna Gillen chipped in 13 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals for the Trailblazers.
Q3 | CLARK CAN NOT BE STOPPED!
UT 40 pic.twitter.com/1bdPG3yj9e
— Seattle U Women’s Basketball? (@seattleu_wbb) January 28, 2023