Led by Renata Marquez' career high 32 points and freshman Suzzy Dimba's ninth double-double of the season, the Abilene Christian women's basketball team cruised to a 108-56 victory over visiting Arlington Baptist Tuesday night at Moody Coliseum.
Half of ACU's points were scored from 3-point range as the team set two program records with 18 3-point buckets on 50 attempts (.360). The old records of 17 and 46 were set earlier this season vs. Texas Lutheran on Nov. 8.
On Marquez' career night, the senior from Conroe, Texas, shot 50 percent from the field (12-24) and knocked down 8 of 17 three-point attempts. She also dished out six of the team's 28 assists, pulled down eight rebounds and was credited with two steals.
And joining her in double figures were teammates Lizzy Dimba (18), Alexis Mason (14), Suzzy Dimba (13), Whitney West (11) and Jessica Elkins (11). ACU last had six players each score 10 or more points in its 105-44 win vs. Northwood on Nov. 19.
Additionally, West had a career high seven assists and recorded two of ACU's season high nine blocks. The single-game program record for blocks is 12 set in 2002 vs. East Central.
Tonight's victory was ACU's 10th at home this season and 15th of the year, guaranteeing the Wildcats (15-11) their second-consecutive .500 season under head coach Julie Goodenough with four games left to play.
The Patriots, meanwhile, fell to 16-7 and claimed their only lead of the game at 6-5 on a 3-point field goal by Morgan Hale 2:39 into the contest. From there, the Wildcats scored four of the game's next five field goals and took a 15-9 lead into the first media timeout at the 14:15 mark.
Ninety seconds later Marquez buried a 3-pointer that was the first of eight-straight field goals made by the Wildcats. Capping this run was a layup by Sydney Shelstead at the 9:03 mark that pushed the Wildcat lead out to 20 points at 36-16.
ACU would bury three additional treys - including two by West - over the final 5:30 of the first half and go into the halftime break ahead by 35 points, 57-22.
The Wildcats shot 52.4 percent (22-42) in the first half, which included eight of 19 attempts (.421) from beyond the arc.
ACU continued to pad its lead throughout the second half as the defense allowed just three points before the under 16-media timeout. The home team also was helped by 23 turnovers, which it converted into 33 points.
Shortly after that break, the Wildcats regained their touch from the 3-point line in hitting four of their next six attempts over a three-minute stretch from 15:12 to 12:05. The last of those treys - hit by Marquez - gave the Wildcats a 77-32 lead.
ACU crossed the 80-point threshold with 10:36 to go on an offensive rebound and layup by Marquez, and reached 90 points on a jumper by freshman Erin Maxwell with 7:05 remaining.
A steal and breakaway layup by Suzzy Dimba gave the Wildcats 100 points for the third time this season and 47th in program history. The 108 points are tied for the 12th most by an ACU team in regulation. The all-time record is 147 points in a four-overtime game vs. Texas Woman's, but the regulation time record is 122 set vs. Howard Payne in 1995-96.
Following tonight's game, the Wildcats will be off from competition until Feb. 27 when they start a three-game Southland road trip to Nicholls State (2/27), McNeese State (3/1) and Southeastern Louisiana (3/3).
ACU concludes its season and 2013-14 home schedule Thursday, March 8 vs. Incarnate Word. Marquez - the team's lone senior - will be honored during a pre-game ceremony.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.