Utah Valley Can Clinch No. 2 Seed With a Win and Other News and Notes

The 2020-21 regular season is coming to a close this week. GCU and Utah Valley are still in the race for the No. 2 seed. New Mexico State and Seattle both took a tumble this past week. And Tarleton State looks to spoil Utah Valley’s desire to be the No. 2 seed. It’s all coming down to the finish line and should be entertaining to watch. WAC Vegas is one week away. But it’s time to look back at the week that was. And to hand out some awards.

Players of the Week

Katie Scott – Grand Canyon

After losing three of four games on their most recent road trip the Lopes returned home and earned a sweep of Seattle, which locks up a top three seed. In those two wins, Scott averaged 14.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.5 APG to earn honors. This week, as a result of their series against Utah Valley being moved up, the Lopes are idle. GCU returns to play next Wednesday in Las Vegas for at the WAC Tournament.

Josie Williams

A trip to Edinburg is no walk in the park. This is especially true for a team looking to keep pace for 2nd place in conference play. Utah Valley did what it needed to do. The Wolverines came away with two close wins in part thanks to a big week from junior center Josie Williams. The WAC Player of the Week averaged 17.5 PPG and 7 RPG. With one series remaining against Tarleton State, the Wolverines are in prime position to earn a 2nd place finish and potential NCAA Tourney bid if CBU wins at #WACVegas next week. 

Newcomer of the Week

Tiarra Brown – Grand Canyon

In a Lopes sweep of Seattle last weekend the Freshman averaged 12.5 PPG on 10-21 FG’s (47.6%) (1-1 3’s), 5.5 RPG, and 1.5 APG. Brown is currently on a streak of 8 games in a row with double digit scoring. 

A Look Ahead

There are a few regular season series left this week as we head towards #WACVegas including a mid-week encounter. 

Utah Valley at Tarleton State

5 p.m. MT, 6 p.m. CST on Tuesday & Wednesday. Both games can be seen on the WAC Digital Network

Tarleton State has found their stride coming to the end of their inaugural season in NCAA division one. The Texans are winners in three of their last four games. The Wolverines are currently tied with Grand Canyon for 2nd place and can take the No. 2 seed into #WACVegas with one win in Stephenville. 

California Baptist at Seattle

2 p.m. PST Friday and Saturday on ESPN+.

One more series remains for CBU and their shot at the WAC record books. It’s a trip to the Northwest. The Lancers were idle and with two more wins can complete undefeated conference and regular season campaigns. They lead the series against Seattle 3-1 and are undefeated at the Redhawk Center (2-0). Meanwhile, after losing three of their last four games, the Redhawks are looking for a groove heading towards tournament play. We’ll go in depth on this series later in the week as our Women’s Basketball Featured Series. 

New Mexico State at Chicago State

1 p.m. CST, 12 p.m. MT Friday and Saturday on the WAC Digital Network. 

Both sides in this series are looking for a little momentum heading towards the conference tournament. Chicago State looks to break into the win column while NMSU looks for to get to .500 with a sweep in the Windy City. 

Conference Standings


CBU                       20-0, 12-0

GCU                      16-6,  8-4

Utah Valley            10-5,  8-4

Seattle                  11-11, 6-6

New Mexico State  6-11, 4-6

Tarleton State         8-13, 3-7 

UTRGV                  5-12, 1-7 

Chicago State        0-11,  0-8 

  1. CBU is the regular season champion and No. 1 seed at WAC Vegas. They are eligible for the tournament by previous vote of administrators.
  2. Utah Valley needs one win at Tarleton State to secure the No. 2 seed. 
  3. Dixie State did not complete the campaign due to concerns over COVID-19. 


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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