Trailblazers one step closer to WAC tournament after win against UTRGV

The women’s basketball team secured a win, 81-55, March 7 against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The last home game of the women’s basketball season will take place March 9 before the WAC tournament, which will occur March 13 at the Orleans Stadium in Las Vegas. Miki Akiyama | Sun News Daily

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The Utah Tech University women’s basketball had a statement win of 81-55 against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley March 7.

The Trailblazers tied a WAC conference record for the second most 3-point shots made in a conference game with 18 made 3-pointers in their win against UTRGV. 

Maddie Warren, a redshirt sophomore secondary education major from Lehi, had five made 3-point shots which led the team.

Utah Tech ended up winning the game by 26 points after losing their prior two games on the road. 

Maggie McCord, a senior criminal justice major from South Jordan, said, “Coming off of two losses, it is hard to come back and play to our best ability, but I think we came in with a lot of confidence and shared it well and played like we have practiced all year.”

Associate head coach Matt Thune said winning a game the way they did coming off-road losses is always a confidence booster. He said the team got their rhythm back, which is important especially ahead of Senior Night this Saturday.

Senior Night for the women’s basketball team is March 9 at 2 p.m. against Stephen F. Austin. 

Warren said the team has mixed emotions going into Senior Night. 

Breaunna and Maggie [the team’s seniors] are just a really big part of our team,” Warren said. “They have built this program, so it’s definitely going to be emotional for us. We are going to try to hold back the tears, but we are also excited.”

Thune said the team has big games left this season with Senior Night and then the WAC tournament the following week. 

The team currently sits in fourth place in the WAC conference standings, and they are hoping to win the game senior night to solidify their spot. 

If they are able to keep fourth place, they will get a bye in the first round of the WAC tournament. 

The team is playing with eight out of the 12 total players that are on the roster due to injuries some players have sustained.

McCord said getting a bye would be a huge benefit to the team because of the current rotation they have. A bye would allow the team to have some extra rest and one less game they need to win in the tournament. 

“We are kind of in tournament time at this point,” Thune said. “Everybody is locked in ready to go.”