ST. GEORGE — The Trailblazers still have some work to do before they can catch up with the Antelopes.

Both Utah Tech basketball teams lost against Western Athletic Conference-leading Grand Canyon on Thursday night.

In St. George at Burns Arena, the Utah Tech women fell quickly and hard against the Lopes, who led by 18 points at halftime and won by a final margin of 88-41.

The Trailblazers (14-11, 8-6 WAC) struggled to score against the Lopes without starting guard Macie Warren.

Grand Canyon (21-4, 13-1 WAC) focused its defensive efforts on Breaunna Gillen, Utah Tech’s leading scorer who was held to four points in the game while committing eight turnovers.

The Lopes forced the Trailblazers into 25 total turnovers, scoring 37 points off of them and leaving no doubt about the outcome of the contest.

Trinity San Antonio paced Grand Canyon with a game-high 21 points. Olivia Lane scored 17 and Tiarra Brown scored 10 for the first-place Antelopes.

Utah Tech’s Maddie Warren goes up for a shot against Grand Canyon in a WAC women’s basketball game, St. George, Utah, Feb. 15, 2024 | Photo by Stan Plewe, Utah Tech Athletics Media Relations, St. George News

Maddie Warren led the Trailblazers with 17 points and was the only double-digit scorer for Utah Tech. Maggie McCord, Alyson Deaver and Caitlynn Jordan contributed five points apiece in the setback. 

Up next for Utah Tech is a WAC road contest against Seattle University. The Redhawks are 3-11 in conference play and host the Trailblazers at noon (MT) Saturday in the Emerald City.

The Utah Tech men fared well against Grand Canyon in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday night, staying close until a scoring drought down the stretch led to a 73-61 defeat.

Angelo Kambala sank a 3 and Utah Tech (10-15, 6-8 WAC) took an early 20-12 lead after nine minutes of play.

A little later Unisa Turay made a 3-pointer of his own and the Trailblazers extended their lead to 27-21 at the 7:25 mark of the first half.

Then the Lopes (23-2, 13-1 WAC) surged to a 19-4 run and took a 40-34 advantage into the halftime break.

Utah Tech stayed within two possessions most of the second half until a Grand Canyon 3 from Josh Baker put the home team ahead 65-55 with four minutes to play.

The Lopes held the visitors to just six points the rest of the way including a scoreless stretch in the final 2:16 of the contest.

Tanner Christensen led all scorers in the game with 18 points and posted a double-double for Utah Tech after he grabbed 10 rebounds.

Turay finished with 14 for the Trailblazers and Noa Gonsalves netted 13 in the setback and both players sank three 3-pointers.

Grand Canyon got double-digits from three players – Tyon Grant-Foster (18), Gabe McGlothan (12) and Ray Harrison (12). Duke Brennan had an eye-popping stat with 16 rebounds for the Lopes. Grand Canyon outrebounded Utah Tech 47-33 in total.

Up next for the Utah Tech men is a home tilt against Seattle University. The Redhawks (15-10, 8-6 WAC) currently sit in third place in the WAC.

Utah Tech slipped to eighth in the 11-team league after the setback in Phoenix.

Listen to Voice of the Trailblazers Rod Zundel and the live broadcast of the men’s game versus the Redhawks on The Fan Sports Network starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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