The Wildcats continue WNIT action this weekend as they will play against Nebraska-Omaha on Friday and continue play on Saturday against either North Texas or UT Rio Grande depending on who wins and loses each game.
The Wildcats are in the consolation bracket after their close 46-52 loss to No. 24 Missouri. Nebraska-Omaha lost to Colorado St. 69-42, UTRGV lost to Nebraska 53-71, and North Texas lost by the score of 44-55 to Little Rock, sending them to the consolation bracket as well.
The Wildcats are looking to come away from the weekend building momentum after their 87-52 victory over Howard Payne on Tuesday, in which ACU shot 47.3% from the field.
Senior forward Sydney Shelstead had a field day in this one, as she posted a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, she also added six steals to her stat line.
Junior center Sierra Allen came off the bench to add a double-double of her own, as she had 12 points and a career high 13 rebounds. Another spark from the bench was sophomore forward McKenzie Martin, who shot three-of-six from behind the arc and scored 13 points total in her 11 minutes of play.
Omaha has three starters that returned from last year’s squad, senior forward Mikaela Shaw, senior guard Abi Lujan and junior guard Remy Davenport.
Scoring was a big issue for the team as they could only manage to drop 12 points before the half against Colorado St. The Mavericks would have a late third quarter 11-4 run, but the Rams were already too far ahead at that point for it to do anything. Omaha finished the night shooting 31.9% from the court.
Height will be a big key for the Wildcats, as they Mavericks tallest players are listed at 6’2” in center Courtney Vaccher and guard/forward Sara Echelberry. The Wildcats have three players listed at 6’2” or higher.
Friday will be the second meeting between Omaha and ACU, with the Mavericks having won the only meeting in the all-time series. UNO won the last game against ACU, 93-77, on Nov. 28, 1985.