Angel Scott and SFA kept pace with SUU for the regular season title with a home win on Thursday. Courtesy SFA Athletics.

WBB: Home Teams Rule Busy Thursday Night in Rapid Recap

Home teams ruled the day on Thursday around the Western Athletic Conference.

Five of six home teams won. One of those teams was ACU knocked off Southern Utah in overtime. It was the first of two overtime games on the day. Along with ACU’s win, SFA and GCU won again to keep pace for the regular season crown. Let’s dive into the recap.

Abilene Christian 89, Southern Utah 83

For more coverage on this game check out this story below.

Grand Canyon 63, Utah Valley 53

In Phoenix, the home team got the win. The Lopes once again split their regular season series with the Wolverines to stay two games behind Southern Utah with UT Arlington coming to town on Saturday. Tiara Brown had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead GCU. Naudia Evans added 13 points, four steals and three assists. Olivia Lane added 12 points on 5-6 field goal shooting for the Lopes.

Meanwhile, Shay Fano had 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Utah Valley. Kaylee Byon added 11 points and four assists for the Wolverines.

Stephen F. Austin 71, Sam Houston 56

Holding onto a three-point lead at the half at home, the Ladyjacks created some separation behind a 19-8 third quarter, which Sam Houston could not recover from. Angel Scott had a career day with 18 points, connecting on six shots from beyond the arc. Aiyana Johnson added another 18 points for the Ladyjacks. Tyler McCliment-Call added 10 points and five assists in the win.

Sam Houston got 21 points from Tierney Coleman and another 11 from Mikayla Woods in defeat.

New Mexico State 69, UT Arlington 60

On Senior Day in Las Cruces, it was an Aggie senior leading the home team to their ninth victory of the WAC season. Molly Kaiser had 27 points and was a perfect 11-11 at the free throw line to lead New Mexico State while Ene Adams added 12 points and eight rebounds in the home finale.

Starr Jacobs had 26 points, six rebounds and four assists in defeat while Taleyah Jones and Jireh Washington each added 10 points.

Utah Tech 79, Seattle 73

At the Redhawk Center, it took overtime but Utah Tech came home victorious thanks to four players in double digit scoring. Breaunna Gillen led the charge with 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Amber Kartchner added 19 points, using a quartet of 3-pointers to do most of her damage. Maggie McCord chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. McCord hit a trio of shots from beyond the arc. Averi Papa contributed another 12 points and seven rebounds for the Trailblazers.

In defeat, Irena Korolenko had 17 points (hitting five 3-pointers) and eight rebounds for the Redhawks while Payton Howard added 16 points. Taliyah Clark chipped in 15 points while Mya Moore added another 10.

Saturday’s Schedule:

  • Southern Utah at Tarleton – 2 p.m. CT
  • UT Arlington at Grand Canyon – 3 p.m. CT
  • Utah Tech at California Baptist – 3 p.m. CT
  • Sam Houston at UTRGV – 4 p.m. CT
  • Utah Valley at Seattle U – 4 p.m. CT

Just like last Saturday this slate of games is being entirely relegated to ESPN3.

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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