SAN ANTONIO - Lizzy Dimba was a Point-a-Minute Offense unto herself Thursday night, and it was her second-half effort that sparked the ACU Wildcats to a 73-67 come-from-behind win over Incarnate Word at the McDermott Center.
Dimba scored 21 points in 21 minutes of action, including 10 in a late second-half surge that pushed the Wildcats from eight points behind to a final six-point victory. The win pushes the Wildcats to 14-11 overall and 5-5 in the Southland Conference, while Incarnate Word falls to 8-15 and 2-9.
ACU led by eight points (35-27) with 3:07 left in the first half, but allowed a 12-3 run over the final 2:39 as the Cardinals took a 39-38 lead at the break. UIW continued to push its advantage through the first 13 minutes of the second half, taking advantage of the Wildcats playing without Lizzy Dimba for a stretch after she picked up her third foul just 14 seconds into the second half.
The Cardinals eventually pushed their advantage to a game-high nine points (57-48) on a layup by Kosi Mora with 9:18 to play.
But the game was all ACU from that point as the Wildcats outscored the Cardinals 25-10 in the final 8:40. After falling behind 57-48, the Wildcats ripped off 14-4 run over the next four minutes to take their first lead of the second half.
Whitney West got it started with a free throw, followed by five straight points from Lizzy Dimba on a layup and then a three-point play. Renata Marquez then hit a layup to cut the UIW lead to 57-56 with 6:46 left in the game.
After a layup by Kosi Mora, Lizzy Dimba converted another three-point play to tie the game at 59-59 with 5:29 to play. After Ifunaya Mora hit a layup for a two-point UIW lead, West buried a 3-pointer at the 4:26 mark to give the Wildcats a 62-61 lead, their first advantage since late in the first half.
The Cardinals would regain a momentary 64-62 lead before West buried a 3-pointer with 2:41 left to give the Wildcats a 65-64 lead. Marquez followed at the 1:55 mark with a 3-pointer to make it a 68-64 game.
The Wildcats -- one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation -- hit seven 3-pointers on the night, including three key shots from beyond the arc in a key three-minute stretch late in the game.
Lizzy Dimba hit a layup with 51 seconds left to push ACU's advantage back to four points (70-66), the shot that would eventually prove to be the game-winner. Marquez hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left and Suzzy Dimba -- who was a force defensively with 14 rebounds, five blocks and one steal -- hit a free throw with five seconds left in the contest to seal the win.
ACU dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Cardinals, 46-35, including 17 offensive rebounds. Marquez had 14 points and nine rebounds (five offensive rebounds), while West had 13 points and Alexis Mason 11 for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats will be back in action Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. when they host Arlington Baptist in a non-conference game at Moody Coliseum.
Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.
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