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.
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.