The lady Wildcats basketball team faces off against LSC rival West Texas A&M at Canyon, TX tonight at 6 p.m.
After a close loss to Permian Basin, the Wildcats look to reestablish their offensive game again and get back into the winning column early in the season.
“I am excited about the game, it’s the last time we will play WT at their gym and it’s a great chance to make a last impression and go out with a win,” senior Kelsey Smith said.
ACU travels to Canyon with a 1-1 record, after a season opening blowout against Texas A&M International and a hard 74-71 loss to Permian Basin.
With over two weeks since their last game, they have had a lot of time to prepare for West Texas and establish how they plan to attack them.
“The past weeks we have really focused on ourselves and have been doing some fine tuning from the games we have had,” junior Renata Marquez said.
“They have always been a really physical team and we need to be just as physical back. Play tougher than we think we need to be and play smart; just play basketball.”
The West Texas Lady Buffs own a 2-4 record, with a recent 82-23 win against McMurry, and a 79-51 loss from Southwestern Oklahoma State.Â Junior Devin Griffin will be a force to be reckoned with for West Texas as she is a powerful rebounder and strong, offensive player.
“We have focused all season on dictating what we let other teams do and playing our style so that won’t change with WT,” Smith said.
“We have really worked on correcting the big mistakes that cost us our last game and we don’t want to have that feeling of losing again.”
The Wildcats hope to find their shot from beyond the arc again, as it was a key factor in their big win against TAMI.
“We are great shooters and we have been getting a lot of shots up these few weeks,” Smith said. “But even if our threes aren’t falling, we have other weapons that can help us get a win.”
The Wildcats will also face Eastern New Mexico University in Abilene this Saturday at 2 p.m.