Sophomore point guard Breanna Wright put on an excellent 27 point performance Wednesday evening against the Lamar University Cardinals, however, the Wildcats fell 77-71.
The Cardinals were able to jump out in front early, leading 18-13 after the first quarter with Lamar junior guard Chastadie Barrs scoring seven of its points.
The Wildcats were able to shorten the gap before halftime outscoring Lamar 21-19 in the second quarter, including three three-pointers from Wright, making the score 37-34 in favor of the Cardinals
However, Lamar came out in the third quarter and put up five more points than the Wildcats, as the team did in the first quarter, at 19-14 making the score 56-48.
Although the Wildcats outscored the Cardinals 23-21 in the fourth quarter, It wasn’t enough to overcome the first and third quarter surges of Lamar.
Wright, along with her 27 points, passed for five assists, grabbed four rebounds and made three steals. Her teammate, sophomore guard Dominique Golightly posted 14 points and five rebounds.
Graduate student center Kiandra Bowers trumped even Wright’s performance earning a double-double with an outstanding 30 points and 16 rebounds. Barrs also managed a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists, as well as adding seven rebounds and five steals.
With the loss, the Wildcats fell to 13-7 overall and 7-3 in conference, but remained fourth in the standings. Lamar improved 14-6 on the season and 9-1 in Southland, keeping second place in the standings.
The women will next face off against Sam Houston State, a team that currently ranks at the bottom of the conference at 4-15 overall and 1-9 in Southland play.
ACU had already faced the Bearkats earlier in the season in Abilene and won soundly by a score of 83-65. Wright was also a standout in that game scoring 17 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists, while her teammate, junior guard Sara Williamson scored 19 points.
The team’s next meeting is scheduled for Saturday in Huntsville at 3 p.m.