New Mexico St women win third straight WAC title 63-48

LAS VEGAS (AP) — New Mexico State led from start to finish, getting 19 points from Tamera William and 18 from Moriah Mack to beat Seattle 63-48 on Saturday and win its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference Tournament title.

The victory was the Aggies’ 17th in a row, extending their school record. They haven’t lost since dropping a 60-46 decision to Santa Clara on Dec. 21 and are 46-2 against WAC opponents during their “3-peat.”

Mack, voted the tournament’s most valuable player, made 8 of 16 shots and added eight rebounds. Williams was 6 of 9 from the floor and had 10 rebounds and five steals. Zaire Williams scored 11 points.

Wilma Afunugo led Seattle with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kaylee Best scored 11, and Alexis Montgomery had 10 points and 12 rebounnds.

New Mexico State (24-6) wasn’t pressured much after the first quarter, going on a 13-0 run during a five-minute stretch to take a 29-14 lead. The Redhawks were held to six points in the quarter and trailed 33-18 at the break.

Seattle (15-17) got as close as seven points in the second half, but Williams hit back-to-back three-pointers to extend the Aggies’ lead to 14 points, 41-27. Mack, the WAC regular-season MVP, had seven points in an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter to secure New Mexico State’s fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament.