SFA RETAINS TOP SPOT IN WAC RESUME SEEDING RANKING
In the latest WAC Resume Seeding System ranking on Jan. 22, Stephen F. Austin remained at the top of the conference seeding with a 16-3 overall record and 6-1 mark in WAC play to post 4.14 points. Other teams with positive point values include Southern Utah (10-7; 6-0 WAC; 1.19 points), Grand Canyon (14-5; 6-2 WAC; 1.11 points), and Utah Tech (12-6; 4-3 WAC; 0.96 points).
SOUTHERN UTAH UNDEFEATED IN WAC PLAY
Southern Utah improved to 6-0 in WAC play, the only team in the league with an unbeaten conference record after defeating Utah Tech 62-51 on Jan. 19. Against Utah Tech, the Trailblazers were led by Lizzy Williamson tallying 18 points and 20 rebounds. Williamson shot 8-16 from the field in 37 minutes of action. Megan Jensen finished the game with 17 points and eight rebounds, with six of the rebounds coming on the offensive end. Southern Utah outscored Utah Tech 17-2 in the fourth quarter to remain undefeated in conference play.
SFA ON FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK
Stephen F. Austin improved to 6-1 in WAC play after victories over Utah Valley on Jan. 19 and UT Arlington on Jan. 21. Aiyana Johnson led the way for SFA in the contest against Utah Valley. Johnson finished with 22 points on 9-14 shooting. Tyler McCliment-Call scored 14 points and had six rebounds followed by Avery Brittingham who had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Johnson put up 19 points against UTA on 7-11 shooting with five rebounds. Destini Lombard entered the game off the bench against UTA and scored 18 points with only one miss from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe. Freshman guard Jordan Harrison had 15 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals.
CBU HOLDS OFF GRAND CANYON
Trinity San Antonio and Grace Schmidt set the tone for the Lancers finishing with 20 and 13 points, respectively. San Antonio also had eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Schmidt added eight boards while shooting 6-9 despite GCU’s height advantage. Brittany Klaman scored 11 points with three three-pointers and five assists. Dorcas Wu came up one rebound short of a double-double, putting up 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and two steals.
NM STATE TOPS SEATTLE U ON THE ROAD
NM State held off Seattle U on the road, 58-50 to improve to 5-3 in conference play. Molly Kaiser produced another double figure scoring line dropping 17 points on 6-11 shooting and 5-6 from the charity stripe. Kaiser scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half and was the only Aggie to reach the double figure mark. Tayelin Grays finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Shania Harper, Sylena Peterson and Taylor Donaldson each scored seven points, respectively.
THE WAC IN THE NATIONAL STATS RANKINGS
In the latest NCAA DI national statistics rankings that were released on Jan. 23, Grand Canyon dropped one spot to 3rd in steals per game at 13.3 and is now 27th in turnover margin (4.89) along with being 6th in turnovers forced per game (22.47). Sam Houston dropped one spot to 3rd in offensive rebounds per game at 18.2. California Baptist currently ranks 3rd in three-point field goals per game with 29.7 followed by Abilene Christian in the 19th spot with 26.2 and UTRGV ranked 24th at 25.3. Southern Utah is now ranked 15th in total rebounds per game with 43.41 and Sam Houston is ranked 26th in the same category at 42.81, along with California Baptist ranked 40th at 41.28. NM State is ranked in three different categories, ranking 38th in total steals per game (10.2), 37th in turnover margin (4.40) and 42nd in turnovers forced per game at 19.60.