What Happened, What to Watch: 12/13

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What Happened

No. 19 Westlake (13-2) maintains basketball dominance over No. 4 Lake Travis (16-1)
As Thomas Jones of the Austin American-Statesman put it, the Chaps have owned their arch-rival Cavaliers having not lost to them on the hardwood nearly four years.

Tuesday night’s 11-of-22 barrage from 3-point range helped propel Westlake’s win streak over Lake Travis to nine games. This was all without star big and Texas-bound center Will Baker contributing in a major way. Baker was held to just eight points and six boards. The two meet again January 22.

Humble Atascocita loses at home for first time in six years
Wednesday night, South Houston pulled off a win that sent ripples through the state of Texas knocking off one of the Region 3 favorites Humble Atascocita 68-67 in double overtime. Mark Gutierrez of the Houston Chronicle had the Eagles shooting just 11-of-24 from the free throw line.

Micah Jernigan finished with 18 points.

What to Watch

WBB: Texas A&M at No. 8 Oregon State, Saturday 11:30 p.m.
Texas A&M’s been on the uptick after the Aggies’ disappointing 74-68 loss to Lamar in late November. After getting suspended for the game against the Cardinals, sophomore guard Chennedy Carter scored a game-high 25 points against Houston and 14 points against Central Arkansas. The Aggies have yet to string together more than two consecutive wins this season and face a steep challenge against No. 8 Oregon State in Maui.

The Beavers possess the fourth-best field goal percentage defense in the nation holding opponents to just 31.3 percent shooting from the floor through eight games so far while posting the eighth-most efficient offense in terms of field goal percentage.

WBB: No. 3 Baylor at No. 11 Stanford, Saturday 2 p.m. on the Pac 12 Network
No stranger to difficult non-conference scheduling, Baylor’s next opponent is No. 11 Stanford who is coming off of its first loss of the season at Gonzaga last Sunday. Unbeaten Baylor has already topped No. 23 Arizona State and No. 18 South Carolina this season.

Head coach Kim Mulkey is 83-52 all-time at Baylor against ranked foes away from Waco. The matchup is also between two the most stories coaches in the sport as Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer ranks third all-time (Men’s and women’s) in career wins (1,042) while Mulkey ranks second among NCAA coaches with a 84.8 win-percentage.

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