Tyler Jackson (22) led Tarleton to a big Division I win at home on Friday. Courtesy Tarleton Athletics.

WBB: Trio of Dominant Wins Highlight Friday Slate

It was a light Friday in terms of number of games. But there were still opportunities to pick up wins for our teams in the WAC. And a trio dominant wins highlighted the night around the WAC. One of them might have been the best win in the Division I era for one team. One of the trio continues to light up the scoreboard. And the third team in the trio continues to use a dominant defensive approach to win ball games.

Here is a look at the results around the league on Friday night.

Tarleton State 82, College of Charleston 72

The first in the trio of wins comes  out of Stephenville. This was a nip and tuck game throughout at Wisdom Gym on Friday. But, the Texans went on a late 12-0 run to secure perhaps the biggest win of the Texans transition against a CAA tournament semifinalist last year.

Viktoria Ivanova and Mayra Caicedo hit back-to-back 3-pointers just 33 seconds apart to take a tied game to a two-possession lead for the Texans. Another jumper from Caicedo sealed it, putting Tarleton  up 78-68 with 1:27 left as they made free throws down the stretch.

Five Texans scored in double figures led by Tyler Jackson who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in 37 minutes of action. She was 5-12 from 3-point range, too.

Also joining her in double digit scoring were Caicedo (16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals), Ivanova (16 points and 7 rebounds), Teresa Da Silva (12 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) and Nya Mitchels (10 points and 3 rebounds). The Texans overcame 22 turnovers and shot 26-53 (49%) in the win, including 7-23 (30%) from 3-point range.

College of Charleston got 28 points from Jada Logan in defeat on 11-20 from the field and another 22 from Jaila Roberts who knocked down four 3-pointers in the loss.

Tarleton State will play at Nebraska on Tuesday night.

Utah Tech 94,  Kansas City 73

Another win. Another 90-plus point performance against a Division I team for JD Gustin’s Trailblazers…this time on the road in Kansas City where the Trailblazers led for a majority of Friday afternoon’s game.

Current WAC Player of the Week Breaunna Gillen is making an argument that the award should be her’s for consecutive weeks with a 25-point, 8-assist, 5-rebound and 4-steal performance in a winning effort. Macie Warren (21 points and 5 rebounds). And Maggie McCord (14 points and 6 rebounds) and Amber Kartchner (12 points) were the other Trailblazers in double digit scoring.

After leading by just two points after a quarter, the Trailblazers outscored UMKC 48-35 in the middle 20 minutes to expand their lead to 15 points after three quarters.

Utah Tech shot 54.4% (31-57) from the field and 7-17 (41.2%) from 3-point range.

In defeat, the ‘Roos got 24 points on 5-10 from 3-point range from E’Lease Stafford, 14 points from Grace Graham, and 12 points with 4 assists from Sanaa’ St. Andre.

The Trailblazers midwest swing continues Sunday with a trip to Manhattan, Kansas to face the Kansas State Wildcats.

Grand Canyon University 79, Nicholls State 41

It was all Lopes in this one. Molly Miller’s team jumped out to an early 12-0 lead. And led 27-5 after a quarter and were never seriously threatened in a 38-point win in Louisiana.

GCU’s nationally ranked defense forced 33 Nicholls State turnovers and held the Colonels to 34.9% field goal shooting (17-49) with a 5-22 performance from 3-point range (22.7%).

Tiarra Brown had 12 points to lead the Lopes and was a perfect 6-6 from the field in just 14 minutes of work. Naudia Evans added another 11 points on 4-10 FG shooting in 21 minutes. All but two Lopes active for the contest scored. GCU shot 49.2% from the field (31-63) and 6-21 from 3-point range (28.6%).

Denna Brister led Nicholls State with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Traya Bruce also chipped in 10 points, 3 steals, and 2 assists.

Kansas State  75, UTRGV 40

Kansas State jumped out to a 34-13 lead at halftime and prevailed at home after defeating Iowa earlier this week. Hailie Jones had 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the Vaqueros. Jena’ Williams added 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the loss.

It was a tough shooting day for the Vaqueros against a Power 6 defense. The Wildcats held UTRGV to 20% field goal shooting both in total (14-69) and from 3-point range (8-39).

They’ll visit Kansas on Sunday afternoon in their last game before the holiday break.






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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