The ACU Wildcats’ season ended in heartbreak Thursday night. UCO stunned Abilene Christian 111-105 in a triple-overtime thriller in Bartlesville, Okla.
The Wildcats had an opportunity to win the game in regulation. Head Coach Shawna Lavender called timeout with 2.9 seconds left, but ACU was unable to get a shot off, leaving the score at 74-74.
The Wildcats appeared to have defeated the Bronchos in the second overtime. Jamie Meyer hit a shot with .2 seconds remaining. The ACU bench prematurely rushed the court, prompting a bench technical. UCO sunk both free throws and sent the game into a third overtime at 99-99. The Bronchos soon pulled ahead and maintained the lead until the final buzzer.
The individual play of Jamie Meyer paced the Wildcats throughout the game. Meyer scored 44 points, setting the LSC tournament record for points in a game. Jody Meyer, her sister, also put in a strong performance with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
It was a night of extremes for ACU. The Wildcats dominated on the boards, out-rebounding the Bronchos 52 to 34. The ‘Cats also shot 94 percent at the charity stripe, making 31of 33 free throws..
in a strong performance with 17 points and 16 rebounds for the game.
It was a night of extremes for ACU. The Wildcats dominated on the boards, out-rebounding the Bronchos 52 to 34. The ‘Cats also shot 94 percent at the charity stripe, making 31 of 33 free throws.
However, the story of the game was the Wildcats’ vast numberof turnovers. ACU committed 37 turnovers in the loss. Courtney Laing, Autumn Whitaker and Kelsey Darby-Holson all scored in double digits for the Wildcats as well.
The loss sends the Wildcats home earlier than they had hoped. ACU had the momentum after defeating No. 6 West Texas A&M in the season’s final game.
The Wildcats had also proven they could beat Central Oklahoma. The Wildcats won a thriller with UCO 81-80 at Moody Coliseum on Dec. 19.
UCO will take on the winner of the game betweenÂ West Texas A&MÂ and Southeastern Oklahoma in the LSC semifinals.