The women’s basketball team traveled to Canyon for the last time as they defeated West Texas A&M 81-76 Wednesday.
The win gives ACU a 1-0 record in LSC play, and a 2-1 overall record.
The ‘Cats were led offensively by junior Renata Marquez’s double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Although she finished as the high scorer, it was a team effort win, with contributions coming from all players.
ACU shot 52.5 percent for the game as a team, as sophomore Sadie Dickinson finished with 18 points and senior Kelsey Smith added 16 points and three blocks.
Junior Mackenzie Lankford sank five of six free throws in the late going to secure the lead for the visiting Wildcats; she finished the night with 12 points and six assists.
Lankford was the bright spot for ACU from the charity line, as the rest of the team shot 2-11 from the free throw line.
ACU took a small lead into halftime, as thirteen first half points from Dickinson was enough to secure a slim 41-39 lead at the break.
The second half proved to be just as close as the first, until the Wildcat offense came alive. A 16-1 run gave the ‘Cats their largest lead of the night at 12 points with 8:04 remaining. Smith and Lankford were the main causes for the run.
The Lady Buffs were able to cut the deficit to five after a three-point attempt was made with 17 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats were able to play smart basketball within the final seconds to secure their final win in Canyon.
The ACU women wore purple “Playing For Rex” shirts during their warm-ups. WT along with other LSC schools who played Wednesday honored Rex Fleming prior to their games with a moment of silence. Rex passed away Sunday night after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was ten years old.
The Wildcats look to face Eastern New Mexico this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Moody.