Abilene Christian sophomore Sadie Dickinson posted a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds vs. Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at Moody Coliseum, leading the Wildcats to a 74-56 victory. ACU has now won the last 15 meetings in this series, dating back to February 2011.
Dickinson's career-high point total came on 8 of 13 shooting – she was 5 of 8 on 3-pointers – and pushed ACU's season and conference records to 3-1 and 2-0, while the Zias dropped to 0-6 (0-2). Dickinson recorded her first career double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds in this year's season-opening win vs. Texas A&M-International.
Junior Mackenzie Lankford was second on the Wildcats with 13 points. Senior Kelsey Smith tied Dickinson for the team lead in rebounds with 11, and Savannah Smith nailed 3 of 4 3-pointers in the first half to finish with nine points.
The Wildcats shot better than 46 percent in the first half from 3-point range, but finished 4 of 11 in the second, which lowered their overall shooting percentage to .456 (26-57). However, that's more than can be said for the Zias, who missed their first 21 3-pointers before finally connecting on their last two in the closing minutes. Eastern finished the game with a .345 field-goal percentage (20-58).
ACU led tonight's game from start to finish and grabbed its biggest lead of the night at 19 points on junior Renata Marquez’ layup with 6:07 left in the first half. The Wildcats went into halftime with a 12-point lead at 38-26 after Zia Nelsha Peterson led her team on a 5-0 run over the final 1:33.
A jumper by Hannah Altheide at the start of the second half trimmed the Wildcat lead to 10, but the Zias wouldn't be able to get any closer on the scoreboard. Altheide - the Zias leading scorer this year - contributed just five points on 2 of 9 shooting and was 1 of 6 from 3-point range.
The Wildcats return to action Tuesday night at home vs. Texas A&M-Commerce at 5:30 p.m. for the second-annual Christmas Slam. The acrobatic slam-dunk performers from Team BIG AIR will headline this year’s event with a high-flying show presented at halftime of the men’s game.
Additional treats at this year’s Slam include photos with Santa Claus, free food and drinks provided by ACU's student clubs and organizations, free pizza to the first 200 students in attendance, and a Christmas blessing from ACU President Dr. Phil Schubert.
Gift cards to Tin Cup and Shady Oaks golf courses, Primetime Family Entertainment Center, Xtreme Car Wash, Cotton Patch and Buffalo Wild Wings also will be given away.
Tickets start at $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 and under, with discounts being provided to church groups, military personnel, AYBA players and their families, as well as faculty and staff representing ACU and the Abilene Independent School District.
Fans who bring unwrapped toys and children's undergarments for Arms of Hope or canned food for the KRBC Share Your Christmas Food Drive will also receive $5 tickets.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.