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California Baptist 81, Grand Canyon 77 OT
RIVERSIDE – Coming into this weekend’s matchup between the top two teams in the conference, it was no secret that California Baptist would be tested like few teams had tried so far this season, but the Lancers were up for the challenge, as Ane Olaeta and Britney Thomas led the team to an overtime 81-77 victory.
The Lancers now sit at 19-0 on the season and 11-0 in the Western Athletic Conference and have moved into a tie with inactive Princeton for the longest active win streak in the nation at 22-straight dating back to last season.
Five Lancers scored in double-figures to secure the hard-fought win, led by Thomas’ 24 and a season-high 13 from Tiena Neale, nine of which came in the first half when the Lancers needed buckets. Olaeta dropped 12 points to go with her third-straight game of double-digit assists with 11. Caitlyn Harper scored 11 while adding nine boards and a game-high four steals, and Sydney Palma rounded out five Lancer top-scorers with 10 to go with five rebounds.
UTRGV 84, Seattle U 74
SEATTLE, Wash. – Junior Jordan Lewis scored a career-high 31 points to lead The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros women’s basketball team to an 84-74 victory over the Seattle University Redhawks on Friday at the Redhawk Center for its first Western Athletic Conference win of the season.
The win snaps the Vaqueros’ (5-9, 1-4 WAC) seven-game losing streak.
Lewis went a career-best 12-of-14 from the floor while going perfect 7-of-7 from three-point range. Sophomore Sara Bershers scored 14 points with five rebounds and five assists. Graduate student Amara Graham added 12 points with a career-high nine assists and six rebounds while sophomore Jena’ Williams scored 10 points with five assists.
The Redhawks (10-9, 5-4 WAC) were led by Bree Calhoun, who scored 23 points with 10 assists. McKenzi Williams scored 14 points while Irena Korolenko added 12 points.
New Mexico St. 65, Utah Valley 62
OREM, Utah – Aaliyah Prince scored 15 of her 21 points in the second half and the New Mexico State women’s basketball team out-lasted Utah Valley 65-62 in Western Athletic Conference action at the UCCU Center in Orem, Utah, on Friday night.
Prince scored 21 points off the bench including 15 in the second half while Rodrea Echols added 16 points and six boards with three three-pointers made. Deja Terrell scored eight points on 4-5 shooting while Soufia Inoussa scored eight points, grabbed nine boards and dished out six assists.