By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
Led by the outside shooting of sophomore guard Ashley King, the women’s basketball team shellacked the visiting East Central Lady Tigers 99-67 Tuesday in Moody Coliseum.
King tickled the three point ivories, shooting an astounding 8-for-8 from behind the arc and leading the Wildcats with 29 points, four assists and a pair of steals.
King’s eight three-pointers set a new school record for most three-pointers in a game and also tied the Lone Star Conference record. She also broke both the school and LSC record for most consecutive three-pointers without a miss. King nailed 63 three-pointers during the regular season to set the new school single-season record.
“I don’t know what it was tonight,” King said about her record-setting performance. “I didn’t shoot well earlier today so I was a little nervous, but after I made the first shot I felt great.”
The Wildcats will now take their show on the road, playing in a semifinal match-up against LSC North champion Northeastern State Friday at Canyon’s West Texas A&M Special Events Center.
The Wildcats defeated the Lady Reds 67-61 in their last meeting Jan. 17 in Moody Coliseum. Head coach Shawna Lavender said the previous victory means nothing now that it’s the postseason.
“It doesn’t really matter what happened earlier in the season because obviously they are playing better than the last time we
played them,” Laven-der said. “Northeastern is obviously a good team being this far into the postseason. They wear you down by playing physical, but we’re looking to use our size advantage.”
On Tuesday, ACU used its passing skills to blow out visiting East Central. The game was never close and the Wildcats led by as many as 37 points. ACU dominated the visiting Lady Tigers in virtually every facet of the game.
ACU out-rebounded East Central 43-20, blocked eight more shots than the Lady Tigers and shot 16 of 24 from behind the three-point line compared to East Central’s 3 of 19.
“They focused on our posts by double- and triple-teaming us but tonight the game focused on our guards,” said senior center Lynsie Blau, who scored eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked five shots and dished four assists.
Blau spoke for the entire team when she said the team does not plan on playing its last game of the season this weekend.
“Let’s put it this way: we don’t want a spring break,” Blau said.