ACU Women win an ugly one, snap winless streak at ASU
Despite shooting just 27 percent from the field, going scoreless for more than 10 minutes of the first half and scoring 24 points below their league-leading average, the ACU Wildcats somehow managed to snap a seven-game losing streak at the Junell Center with a 53-39 win over Angelo State in Lone Star Conference women's basketball action.
The win pushes the Wildcats to 13-3 overall and 8-2 in the LSC and keeps them tied atop the league standings with Tarleton State and Midwestern State. The Rambelles, meanwhile, fall to 7-9 and 4-6, and will be at ACU's Moody Coliseum on Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff in the continuation of the LSCs Rivalry Week.
Neither team could get much going offensively as they struggled to hit everything: free throws, layups, mid-range jumpers and 3-pointers. But when Kelsey Smith hit two free throws with 13:37 to play, it was the start of a 31-15 ACU run to end the game and push the Wildcats to their sixth straight victory.
Renata Marquez gave the Wildcats the lead back at 11:43 to play with a 3-pointer to make it 27-24, and the Wildcats wouldn't trail the rest of the way. The Rambelles, however, cut the ACU lead to 34-32 with 6:43 to play, but the Wildcats would finish the game on a 19-7 run to seal the victory.
Mackenzie Lankford hit a 3-pointer with 5:50 to play to make it a 37-32 lead, ACU's biggest lead since a 10-4 score early in the game. ACU began extending its lead when Marquez converted a traditional three-point play with 5:09 to play to make it 40-34. ACU's lead dropped to 42-38 with 3:59 to play, but the Rambelles would score just one more point the rest of the way.
Senior Emily Miller played a big part in the final four minutes of the game, coming up with a big steal, a couple of rebounds and hitting 3 of 4 from the line. The Wildcats' lead hit double digits for the first time on the night with 2:07 to play when Kynzie Newman buried a 3-pointer to make it 49-39. The Wildcats would finish out the game from the line as they won in San Angelo for the first time since a 75-66 overtime win on Feb. 15, 2005.
The Wildcats' 53-point effort is their lowest winning point total since a 56-46 win over Northeastern State on Nov. 29, 2007, in Abilene. And the Rambelles' 39 points is the lowest point total by an NCAA Division I opponent since Texas Woman's lost to the Wildcats, 70-37, in the 1982-83 regular-season finale.
The Wildcats shot just 27.3 percent from the field for the game (15 of 55), including just 6 of 23 from 3-point range (26.1 percent). The first half was even worse as they hit just 6 of 29 shots from the floor and scored a season-low 18 points in the first 20 minutes.
Angelo State, fortunately, wasn't much better as the Rambelles shot just 23.5 percent for the game (12 for 51), including 0 for 13 from 3-point range. The Rambelles hit 6 of 24 from the field in the first half and 6 of 27 in the second half.
Smith led the Wildcats in scoring with 10 points, followed by nine for Marquez and Lankford, and eight for Whitney West, whose 3-pointer with two seconds left in the first half tied the score at 18-18 at the half.
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