The women’s basketball team found itself slipping to fifth in the Southland Conference standings when completing a two-game road trip Wednesday evening in a 70-51 loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Field goals weren’t a big problem for the Wildcats in the game as the team totaled exactly 40 percent off of 20 made shots out of 50. The Islanders, however, got the best of ACU by barely upping its percentage to 46.7 with 28 shots completed out of 60.
The Wildcats were on pace with Corpus Christi after the first-quarter being down only 18-15. Troubles began in the second-quarter for the Wildcats though, as the Islanders closed the half on a 12-5 run to take a 34-26 lead into halftime.
Nothing changed for the women as the Islanders kept a double-digit lead through most of the third-quarter and ended it with a 52-42 lead.
In the final quarter, ACU found a bit of a surge when going on an 8-3 run within the first two minutes, which brought the team within five of Corpus Christi. Once the two minutes were up though, the Wildcats would only be able to manage one point for the rest of the game while the Islanders cruised to a win by adding 15.
Sophomore guard Dominique Golightly, who led her team in scoring with 14 points, said the team is staying strong through the loss.
“As always, we have been able to take a lot from our loss last game,” Golightly said. “We can only use our mistakes to make us better in the next game.”
With the loss, the women are tied with the Islanders for fifth in the conference. Both teams hold a 9-6 record in Southland play.
Although the women will be back at home Saturday afternoon, the team will not have an easy task as it faces Central Arkansas. The Sugar Bears currently sit at third in the Southland with an 11-4 record and rank first in defense giving up only 1301 points so far this season with a 50 opposing points average.
The women also faced Central Arkansas earlier in the season on the road and lost 63-45.
“Central is a tough opponent, but we know without a doubt we can beat them,” Golightly said. “Not looking back and dwelling on the last game, we just want to work together as a team and get a win Saturday.”
The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in Moody Coliseum and will lead into the men’s game at 4 p.m.