Wildcats Coast Past Cameron, 72-53, To Stay In First Place

CAMERON, Okla. - The Abilene Christian women's basketball team won its third-straight game following a 72-53 victory Saturday at Cameron. Junior hit four 3-pointers to lead all players with 16 points.

The win lifted ACU's overall and Lone Star Conference records to 19-4 and 14-3, pushing them a half-game ahead of Midwestern State for first place in the league. The Mustangs play today at 4 p.m. vs. Angelo State, while the third-place TexAnns of Tarleton State (16-5, 12-3) play host to fourth-place Incarnate Word (11-4) at 5 p.m.

ACU's 19 wins are its most since 2004-05 when it finished 20-10 and made the NCAA D-II South Regional Tournament.

The Aggies (4-19, 3-14 LSC), meanwhile, have lost nine straight and fell deeper into the conference cellar with today's loss.

The Wildcats dominated the game from start to finish and took a 31-13 lead into the halftime break thanks to a defensive effort that held Cameron to .136 shooting (3-22) from the floor. The Aggies made only three first-half field goals, scored six from the free-throw line, and did not cross the double-digit threshold until there was 2:36 remaining.

Cameron would shoot much better in the second half (.464), but the Wildcats kept pace with the Aggies every step of the way and went on to out-score them 41-40 on the strength of six 3-pointers and 13 free-throws on 14 attempts.

ACU missed only two free throws all game to finish 16 of 18 from the charity stripe and were a solid 12 of 34 (.353) from 3-point range. Lankford and freshman each buried four treys, while hit two in finishing with 10 points.

West was second to Lankford with 15 points and was one of five Wildcats to reach double figures in scoring. Elsewhere on the court, Junior scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half, and senior recorded her third double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Smith - who hadn't posted a double-double since a December game vs. Commerce - also blocked four shots, two shy of her career high.

Defensively, ACU out-rebounded Cameron 37-27 and scored 17 points off 16 Aggie turnovers. By comparison, Cameron could only net three points off 12 Wildcat miscues.

Chelsea Stamp led Cameron with 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting and Hannah Pollart was second with 10. Sharna Hoosier pulled down 12 rebounds to lead all players.

The Wildcats return to action Tuesday for a 7 p.m. home game vs. Texas Woman's. The Pioneers lost to ACU 75-50 earlier this season on Jan. 9 in Denton, Texas.

Information provided by ACU athletics department.

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