By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
Senior center Melanie Carter moved into third place on ACU’s all-time scoring list Saturday as the Wildcats easily defeated Texas A&M-Kingsville, 68-45, in a Lone Star Conference South Division game at Moody Coliseum.
Carter scored 16 points and brought down 12 rebounds to give her 1,805 career points and 840 career rebounds.
Senior center Lynsie Blau had 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while Stephanie Riles came off the bench and added 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and collected three steals. Neither Blau nor Carter played the final 12 minutes of the game.
Carter passes former all-America guard Anita Vigil, who recorded 1,795 career points for third on the all-time scoring list. She is also now seventh in school history in career rebounds.
“I’m not even worried about individual records or anything,” Carter said. “I’m just glad we are winning and everyone is playing well together. You can’t put value on that.”
You can put value on wins and losses, however, and with this victory the Wildcats own a 13-7 overall record and a 5-2 record in the LSC South Division. The two losses came to Angelo State, who defeated ACU on Jan. 13 by a score of 71-63 and to the first place West Texas A&M. ACU is tied with Angelo State for third place in the LSC South Division.
ACU never trailed in the game and kicked off the game by jumping out to a 15-0 lead. ACU’s lead was 36-23 at halftime, and the Wildcats opened the second half with a 10-4 run over the first five minutes of the second half to push their lead to 46-27 with 15:03 to play.
“We’ve been focusing on the first five minutes of the second half and we’re getting better,” said head coach Shawna Lavender.
The Wildcats now hit the road in a pair of LSC South Division rematch games against Texas A&M-Commerce on Thursday at 6 p.m. and Kingsville on Saturday at 2 p.m.