ST. GEORGE — The Trailblazers basketball teams are going in opposite directions on the hardwood.

Utah Tech freshman Calyn Dallas, here in a file photo, and the Trailblazers host Tarleton State on Saturday at 2 p.m., St. George, Utah, Jan. 27, 2024 | Photo Utah Tech Athletics Media Relations, St. George News

The Utah Tech women’s basketball team beat Abilene Christian 78-69 Thursday night in Burns Arena.

The win brought their overall record back over .500 at 10-9 and more importantly evened their record in Western Athletic Conference games at 4-4.

The Trailblazers jumped ahead of Abilene 40-37 at halftime, then went on to seal the win behind Maggie McCord’s 21 points.

The Warren twins made their presence known as Macie Warren scored 15 points and Maddie Warren contributed 12 points for the winners. Freshman Calyn Dallas sank three 3-pointers and 11 points for Utah Tech’s cause.

It was Utah Tech’s second straight game without the services of leading scorer Breaunna Gillen. Utah Tech Associate Athletics Director Media Relations Steve Johnson told St. George News that Gillen is expected back on Saturday when Utah Tech hosts WAC rival Tarleton State.

The Texans come to St. George with a 5-12 record including a 2-6 mark in WAC play. Four of the Texans’ five wins came on the road.

Tarleton is led by junior guard Jakoriah Long, who leads the team in points per game (11.2), total assists (30) and total steals (15).

The Trailblazers and Texans tip off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Burns Arena. It is the last of a four-game homestand for Utah Tech.

Utah Tech’s Hamed Olayinka, here in a file photo, and Utah Tech take on Tarleton State on Saturday, Stephenville, Texas, Jan. 27, 2024 | Photo Utah Tech Athletics Media Relations, St. George News

Also on Saturday, the Utah Tech men’s team takes on the Texans of Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas.

The Trailblazers lost 82-60 on Thursday night after the wheels fell completely off the wagon at Abilene Christian. Utah Tech slipped to 7-12 and 3-5 in WAC play.

As a team, Utah Tech committed 20 turnovers which led to 31 points for Abilene. The Trailblazers also missed 12 free throws in the setback. Abilene outrebounded Utah Tech 35-27.

Utah Tech will look to bounce back against Tarleton. The Texans (12-7, 5-3) are led by Jakorie Smith, who averages 14.3 points per game.

Listen to Voice of the Trailblazers Rod Zundel on The Fan Sports Network at 3 p.m. Saturday for the live broadcast of the Trailblazers and Texans game.

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