Lady Thunderbirds Look to Move One Step Closer to WAC Regular Season Title At Abilene Christian

Lady Thunderbirds Look to Move One Step Closer to WAC Regular Season Title At Abilene Christian

By: Keller Sherman

Featured Image Courtesy of Southern Utah Athletics

ABILENE, Texas — Southern Utah has made history in all the right ways during its first year in the Western Athletic Conference. A team picked to finish 9th in the conference in the preseason is now on the cusp of a regular season title. With a win on Thursday, the Thunderbirds will only need one more to clinch a share of that title. The resume seeding format for the WAC will likely prevent SUU from having the 1 seed at the WAC Tournament, however. The Thunderbirds are a country mile behind the Stephen F Austin team that they just beat on Saturday in that format. However, the 2 seed should be all but assured with at least a share of the regular season title.

Last Time Out

SUU got arguably its biggest win of the season Saturday. In a battle for command of 1st place in the WAC standings, the Thunderbirds were the ones to come out on top. They took a 67-59 decision against the Ladyjacks to improve to 17-8 overall and 13-1 in WAC play. Many would look to a big day from Cherita Daugherty for why the Thunderbirds were able to pull off the upset, but they would be wrong. Daugherty only had 7 points on the day. Meanwhile, Lizzy Williamson recorded a double-double, her ninth on the year with 15 rebounds and 16 points. Megan Jensen matched Williamson’s mark with 16 points while Tomekia Whitman was impressive off the bench yet again with 14 points.

Scouting the Wildcats

Abilene Christian would love nothing more than to play spoiler. The Wildcats enter this game as losers of three of their last four. That lone win came in a 78-60 win over the last-place team in the WAC, Tarleton. However, two of those losses also came by four points or less. This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season. Abilene has four players in particular that are great at scoring. Maleeah Langstaff, Addison Martin, Aspen Thornton, and Madi Miller all average 11.7 points or greater per game. Langstaff turned in a 25-point effort in a 73-82 loss to UT-Arlington on Saturday. Thornton also had 20 in that game so SUU will have their hands full defending those two players.

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