It is always a good Monday when you wake up and realize a team from the WAC made the SportsCenter Top-10. Yep, that’s right. The SFA Ladyjacks were on SportsCenter’s Top-10 this morning. This top-10 play was part of a big performance for a certain Ladyjack player in a monster win on Sunday. And by big performance, we are talking triple-double performance in a 37-point win Sunday afternoon at The Sawmill.
Along with that, one of the best 3-point shooters in the WAC coming into the 2022-23 season is off to a raging hot start.
And if that isn’t enough, a pair of WAC soccer teams earned their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. One might surprise you. The other could be considered a surprise considering they were the 5-seed. Either way, it is always a treat to see teams earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
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Brittingham, Ladyjacks Have Big Day, Land on SportsCenter
Avery Brittingham took matters into her own hands on Sunday afternoon at The Sawmill. The junior forward recorded a 16-point, 15-rebound, 11-assist triple-double in the Ladyjacks 100-63 win over Texas Southern. The triple-double is the first triple-double in at least 13 years for the Ladyjacks.
And one of those 11 assists landed Brittingham and the Ladyjacks on the SportsCenter Top-10 on Monday morning.
Woke up on Sportscenter!
— SFA Athletics (@SFA_Athletics) November 14, 2022
Brittingham went behind her back twice before finding teammate Kurstyn Harden for the layup. As you can hear in the background of the video…”Got’em.”
The Ladyjacks are 2-1 on the young season. And Brittingham is averaging 12.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. Brittingham and the Ladyjacks head to Denton to take on North Texas on Wednesday.
Seattle U Guard Off to Red Hot Start
Cameron Tyson hit 105 3-pointers in 2021-22 during his first season in the WAC. And that was tops in the league for made 3-pointers.
Well, in the two games Tyson has played in 2022-23, the redshirt junior has knocked down 15 3-pointers. At this rate, with 28 games remaining, Tyson will obliterate that number. If my math is correct, if Tyson continues at this pace, he will knock down 210 3-pointers over the final 28 games of the season.
What a wild statistic. But, let’s be real, with no Darrion Trammell, Tyson will get the ball a lot more. So, the opportunities will be there. Tyson hit six 3-pointers in the first half against Portland State on Sunday. Yes, six. And right now, it doesn’t matter if there is a hand in his face or not. Tyson is knocking down shots from the perimeter with ease.
An 8️⃣th ? for Tyson ??
That's a game high 32 points midway through the second half. pic.twitter.com/iQLBAxVjLw
— Seattle U Men's Basketball (@seattleumbb) November 14, 2022
Tyson had 37 points to lead Seattle U to a season opening win at UC San Diego on Monday. And on Sunday, Tyson had 32 points in a win over Portland State. The Redhawks are off to a 3-0 start after winning 23 games a season ago in a run to a share of the WAC regular season title. And as of today, the Redhawks are the only WAC school to have two wins over Division I opponents.
It’s no wonder that Cameron Tyson is a candidate for WAC Player of the Year in 2022-23.
Aggies, Lancers Earn First-Ever Trip to NCAA Tournament
Sure, I am a few days late on this report. But, for the first time in program history, the New Mexico State women’s soccer team earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Of course it would happen in the school’s final year in the WAC. New Mexico State goalkeeper Makenna Gottschalk was named the Tournament MVP as the Aggies stunned the 1-seed Utah Valley Wolverines with a 1-0 victory. It is the first-ever WAC title for the New Mexico State women’s soccer team. And while the trip to the NCAA Tournament was short in a 2-1 loss at Mississippi State on Friday, the juice was worth the squeeze for the Aggies.
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— NM State Soccer (@NMStateWSOC) November 6, 2022
Along with the New Mexico State women, another soccer team earned its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 5-seed California Baptist Lancers men’s soccer team knocked off 2-seed San Jose State in penalty kicks to earn win its first-ever WAC Tournament title. CBU goalkeeper Nolan Premack was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as the Lancers, in front of a record crowd at CBU Soccer Stadium, earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament in their inaugural Division I season. The Lancers beat Utah Valley on Wednesday, 1-seed Air Force on Friday and then 2-seed San Jose State on Sunday. CBU awaits the NCAA Selection Show to determine who their first-ever NCAA Tournament foe will be.
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— California Baptist Men's Soccer (@CBUmsoccer) November 14, 2022
UPDATE – The CBU men’s soccer team will head over to Los Angeles to take on UCLA in their first-ever NCAA Tournament match.
— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) November 14, 2022