Addison Martin and ACU picked up their second straight WAC win on Saturday. Courtesy ACU Athletics.

WBB: Battle of Defending Champs Highlights Busy Saturday

We’re through week four of conference play as teams continue to jockey for position in a very competitive regular season race for the crown. Saturday featured some highlight games. SFA and UTA took the floor Saturday in a battle of defending champs. CBU hosted GCU on Saturday in what has become a rather intriguing rivalry game.

ACU got its second straight win Saturday. And the big question now is who will get that 12th spot for WAC Vegas? Both Seattle U and Utah Valley lost Saturday, which makes Thursday’s game in Orem huge for both teams.

Here is the Saturday rapid recap of women’s basketball around the WAC.

Abilene Christian 69, UTRGV 65

After putting themselves in an early 10-0 hole, the Wildcats (10-8, 4-3) finally get themselves above .500 in WAC play with a big win at Moody Coliseum.

Addison Martin had 21 points and five rebounds to lead the way. Maleeah Langstaff also added 18 points and nine rebounds for Abilene Christian.

In defeat, Iyana Dorsey showed why she is one of the WAC’s finest scorers, nearly willing her team to a road win with 34 points. She was responsible for half of the Vaqueros makes from 3-point distance (four) as well. Mele Kaliahi added 13 points, four rebounds, and two steals for UTRGV (7-11, 1-6).

Stephen F. Austin 85, UT Arlington 72

After the Ladyjacks hit a bump in the road at Grand Canyon ,they got right back on the horse and have kept on winning. Aiyana Johnson had 19 points and five rebounds to lead the way. Destini Lombard had a career day with 18 points for the Ladyjacks. Jordan Harrison continued her stellar Freshman of the Year candidate campaign with 15 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals for Stephen F. Austin (16-3, 6-1).

In defeat, UT Arlington (9-11, 3-5) got 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists from Starr Jacobs. Jireh Washington added 16 points, four rebounds and two assists for the Lady Mavs. And Kayla White added 13 points and Shyia Smith chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and a pair of steals.

Sam Houston 71, Utah Valley 56

The Bearkats (8-9, 4-3) defended home floor and did so with four players in double figure scoring. Raanee Smith had 16 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists to lead the way. Kaylee Jefferson had 15 points, five rebounds and three assists while hitting a trio of 3-pointers. Mikayla Woods had 13 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. And Sydnee Kemp added 12 points with five assists.

Utah Valley (4-15, 1-7) got 17 points, five assists and two steals from Kaylee Byon and 16 points and five rebounds from Shay Fano in defeat.

California Baptist 78, Grand Canyon 70

There was a more in-depth recap of this ball game. You can read about it below.

New Mexico State 58, Seattle 50

After a tough loss to Grand Canyon on Thursday, the Aggies (10-10, 5-3) managed to split the week and stay in contention for a top-4 seed. Molly Kaiser led the way with 17 points and three rebounds for New Mexico State.

Peyton Howard had 13 points with five assists for Seattle (1-16, 1-6) and was joined in double digit scoring by Mya Moore who added 11 points in addition to three rebounds.


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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