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Old rivals Angelo State return to Moody Coliseum Thursday

Wildcat hoops off to hot start, Angelo St. comes to town next

ABILENE, Texas - Abilene Christian's women's basketball team will square off against Angelo State Thursday at 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum for what will be the 87th all-time meeting between the former Lone Star Conference rivals.

The game will be streamed live via the ACU Sports portal provided by Stretch Internet. The portal also will implement live stats in addition to StatBroadcast.

The Wildcats have played the Rambelles more than any other team in their 43-year history and enter the game with a 51-35 series lead. ACU swept Angelo State last season for the first time since 2004-05 by scores of 53-39 and 74-65. Prior to that however, the Rambelles won six of the last seven meetings.

ASU, which was picked to finish fourth in the nine-team Lone Star Conference, is off to a 2-1 start. The Rambelles began their season with a trip to San Antonio, where they followed a big win over McMurry (72-44) with a loss to tournament host St. Mary's (40-51). Wednesday night, ASU beat Arlington Baptist, 77-60, in the home debut for first-year head coach Cayla Petree.

Petree joined the Rambelles during the offseason after spending one year as an assistant coach at North Texas. She is also the second opposing coach in as many games to have played under Marsha Sharp at Texas Tech, joining Wayland Baptist's Alesha Robertson.

ASU returns several players from last year's team that finished sixth with overall and LSC records of 14-13 and 11-9. Haylee Oliver and Leah LeMaire were both honorable mention All-LSC players, while former Wildcat Hillari Adam was forced to redshirt. During her two years at ACU, Adam made the CoSIDA Academic All-District and LSC Academic All-Conference teams in 2012. She currently leads the Rambelles in scoring (17.0 ppg) and rebounding (2.0).

As for the 2-0 Wildcats, they're now on pace to launch 1,200 3-point attempts after hitting nine of 34 tries Monday in their 79-59 win over the Flying Queens of WBU. And as you may recall from their first game Friday night vs. Texas Lutheran, ACU tied a single-game record with 17 treys, while setting a new record with 46 3-point attempts.

The stars of Monday's show were sophomores and , who combined for 36 points on a night when senior found herself in early foul trouble. Jenkins scored a career high 16 points in just 17 minutes of action in the second half as she made all six of her field goals, including three treys. Her other three baskets were fast-break layups.

West, meanwhile, registered a career high 20 points on 7-17 shooting (4-11 on 3-pointers) and currently leads ACU with 19.5 ppg.

Overall, ACU is shooting .444 from the floor and .325 from behind the arc, but just as important has been the 3-point defense holding the opposition to .176 shooting (6-34).

Not to be overlooked from Monday's game was the 33-minute effort of freshman , who became the second Wildcat in as many games to record a double-double as she pulled down 11 rebounds to go along with 10 points. Marquez had the team's first double-double of the season Friday with 30 points and 11 rebounds.

On the season, Shelstead is shooting .467 from the floor with 9.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg.

Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.

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