The women’s basketball team shot a disappointing 32.1 percent from the field, including 13 percent from beyond the arc, and closed its season with a 58-46 loss to Incarnate Word.
In the first half, the Wildcats stayed close with Incarnate Word as it held an 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and went into halftime down only 22-19.
Coming out of the half though, the women seemed to lose its steam as the Cardinals jumped out to a 10 point lead with 2:49 left to go in the third-quarter. ACU was able to slightly close the margin to six points before the end of the third-quarter with the help of two three-pointers from sophomore guard Dominique Golightly and a layup from freshman forward Makayla Mabry.
Once the fourth-quarter started, however, Incarnate Word took control and remained in a comfortable lead until the end of the game. At the 6:43 mark, the Cardinals stretched its lead to 13 points and kept the game at a double-digit margin until freshman guard Kayla Galindo hit a free throw to cut it to nine.
The Cardinals wouldn’t slip up though, as it closed the game on a 7-2 run to win the game by 12.
Incarnate Word sophomore guard Imani Robinson captured the spotlight with an impressive stat line of 22 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. For the Wildcats, Golightly and sophomore guard Breanna Wright combined for 21 points.
ACU finished the regular season at seventh in the standings with a 15-13 overall record and a 9-9 conference record, while Incarnate Word finished 11th at 5-24 overall and 4-14 in Southland play.
With the conclusion of the season, the women have qualified and will next be playing in its first-ever Southland Conference postseason tournament.
The Wildcats will compete against New Orleans for the first round Thursday, March 8 in Katy. The game’s start time is scheduled for 1:30 and coverage can be seen on ESPN3 or heard on 98.1 FM.