Wildcats Battle Back To Beat Lady Buffs, 69-60

ABILENE, Texas - Sophomore forward 's 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining served as the dagger in Abilene Christian's 69-60 comeback win over West Texas A&M Tuesday night at Moody Coliseum, giving the Wildcats their second sweep over the Lady Buffs in three seasons.

Tonight's victory was the eighth straight for ACU, which improved to 15-3 overall and 10-2 within the Lone Star Conference - keeping it tied for first place with Tarleton State and Midwestern State. WT, meanwhile, saw its five-game winning streak snapped as it fell to 11-10 and 7-5.

ACU led by six at the half, but the Lady Buffs began to mount a comeback late in the second half and got to within three points at the 5:29 mark on a layup by Casey Land. With the momentum on its side, WT called a timeout immediately afterward, but it almost had an adverse affect as the Wildcats answered with consecutive layups from and that pushed ACU's lead back to seven at 57-50.

The Wildcats maintained that advantage through the final media timeout, and on their first possession out of the break, Dickinson drained a wide-open 3-pointer from the top of the key to seal the ACU victory. The Wildcats finished the game by going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line even as Raven Gerald made a pair of 3-pointers in the closing seconds.

Dickinson finished with eight points and seven rebounds - six of which came off the defensive glass.

ACU out-rebounded the Lady Buffs, 42-37, and held them to 38.3 percent shooting (23-60). By comparison, ACU shot better than 40 percent.

Junior led the Wildcats' offense with 14 points off the bench, and senior was second with 13 points to go along with eight boards and two blocks.

Freshman Kynzie Newmand scored 11 points, which included seven from the charity stripe, while Marquez poured in eight second-half points that proved to be crucial down the stretch.

WT's Devin Griffin posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, but was one of two Lady Buffs to foul out along with Land, who scored 14.

The Wildcats entered halftime up 34-28 despite trailing by as many as nine points. West Texas scored the game's first nine points, but the Wildcats responded with a 7-0 run keyed by a Lankford 3-pointer and then a layup by Newman brought the home team within a point at 13-12.

The Lady Buffs answered ACU's rally with an 8-0 run that pushed their lead back back to nine, but Lankford again came through with a timely trey and a easy bucket by got the Wildcats within a basket at 21-19. ACU caught fire offensively after the third media timeout, taking off on a 13-0 run which was sparked by a 3-pointer and capped by a Smith layup.

A Jordan Vessels bucket in the closing minutes snapped an 0-for-7 field goal streak for the Lady Buffs and trimmed the ACU lead to five, but then West buried her second trey of the half in giving the Wildcats an eight-point lead, 34-26.   

West scored eight points and dished out three assists in her 32 minutes as a starting guard.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday at 3 p.m. (CT) at Eastern New Mexico (3-16, 2-9 LSC). ACU defeated the Zias, 74-56, earlier this season at Moody Coliseum.

Information provided by ACU athletics department.

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