Salas, Ag­gies get even with Grand Canyon

Top-ranked Bay­lor tops TCU for its 34th straight Big 12 win


LAS CRUCES — Brooke Salas posted her 14th dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son as the New Mex­ico State women’s bas­ket­ball team took down Grand Canyon 81-52 at the Pan Amer­i­can Cen­ter on Satur­day for its 20th con­sec­u­tive home West­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence win and eighth straight win over­all.

The Ag­gies (17-6, 9-1) used a 10-4 run to fin­ish the first quar­ter with a 19-12 lead and steadily pulled away on their way to aveng­ing a 54-51 loss to Grand Canyon (5-15, 3-7) ear­lier this sea­son. NMSU led 39-18 at half­time, lim­it­ing the Lopes to six points in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Salas, who fin­ished with 25 points, 18 re­bounds and seven as­sists, had com­pleted her dou­ble­dou­ble by half­time when she had 13 points and 10 boards.

The sec­ond half started much the same as the sec­ond with the Ag­gies de­fense turn­ing turnovers into points and a 13-2 run, in­clud­ing back-to-back buck­ets from Gia Pack, to start the third quar­ter and give NMSU a 52-20 lead at the seven-minute mark. Pack scored an ef­fi­cient 19 points on 9-of17 shoot­ing from the field while record­ing five re­bounds.

Top 25

No. 1 BAY­LOR 89, TCU 71: In Waco, Texas, Kalani Brown scored a sea­son-high 32 points on 11-of-12 shoot­ing and Bay­lor stretched its Big 12 win­ning streak to 34 with a vic­tory over TCU.

Lauren Cox had 18 points, eight re­bounds and five as­sists for the Lady Bears (21-1, 11-0). Amy Okonkwo had 28 points for the Horned Frogs (176, 7-5).

No. 5 UCONN 109, TEM­PLE 74: In Storrs, Conn., Napheesa Col­lier tied a sea­son-high with 30 points and grabbed 14 re­bounds, lead­ing UConn (21-2, 10-0 Amer­i­can) to a rout of Tem­ple (8-15, 4-6 Amer­i­can).

Crys­tal Danger­field added 22 points and nine as­sists for UConn. Mia Davis had 20 points and nine re­bounds for Tem­ple.

No. 13 GON­ZAGA 93, PORT­LAND 62: In Port­land, Ore., Zyk­era Rice had 14 points and Laura Stock­ton scored 13 to help Gon­zaga (22-2, 11-1 West Coast Con­fer­ence) beat Port­land (10-13, 2-10) and ex­tend its win streak to six games.

Jill Townsend added 12 points for Gon­zaga. Haylee An­drews led Port­land with 17 points.

No. 14 TEXAS 91, KANSAS 73: In Lawrence, Kan., Joyner Holmes matched a career-high with 22 points and Texas beat Kansas.

The Longhorns (19-5, 9-3 Big 12) swept the sea­son se­ries with Kansas (12-10, 2-9) for the sixth con­sec­u­tive sea­son. Kylee Kopatich scored 18 points to lead the Jay­hawks.

No. 22 IOWA STATE 77, WEST VIR­GINIA 61: In Ames, Iowa, Kristin Scott scored 15 points in the third quar­ter, an­other 10 in the fourth and fin­ished with 29 and Iowa State (18-5, 8-3 Big 12 Con­fer­ence) pulled away from West Vir­ginia (16-6, 7-4) for its fourth-straight win. Madisen Smith had a career-high 24 points for the Moun­taineers.


ENMU 59, WNMU 44: In Por­tales, Treyanna Clay scored 22 points, Shelby Jones grabbed 11 re­bounds and the Grey­hounds (15-6) pulled away to de­feat the Mus­tangs (7-13). Ciara Fields and Tatyanna McFar­land scored 13 points apiece for WNMU.

BLACK HILLS STATE 85, NMHU 52: In Las Ve­gas, N.M., Mor­gan Ham scored 17 points as Black Hills State (13-8, 9-8 Rocky Moun­tain) rolled to a win over the Cow­girls. Jor­dyn Lewis and Allyah Ge­orge led NMHU (4-20, 2-15) with 14 points each.

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