The women’s basketball team traveled to Las Cruces, New Mexico Tuesday night and upset the New Mexico State Aggies in a convincing fashion 58-46.
Junior guard Gia Pack led the way for the Aggies in the loss scoring 22 points on 7-16 shooting from the court. She finished with a double-double racking up 11 rebounds, but the former First-Team All-WAC guard was sloppy with the ball committing eight turnovers.
The defending regular season WAC champions New Mexico State got off to a slow start in the first quarter shooting a dismal 3-15 from the court and immediately trailed 13-2 to start the game.
The Cowboys turned things around in the second quarter defensively holding the Wildcats to just five points and 2-15 shooting. This put New Mexico State back in the game leading 23-22 at the half.
Entering the second half, both teams brought their competitive nature onto the court with multiple lead changes in the third quarter alone.
The ultimate deciding factor in the matchup occurred in the 4th quarter where the Wildcats came to life offensively. What was most impressive from ACU was their ability to get to the free throw line. In the final quarter alone, the Wildcats were at the line 18 times and shot 83 percent.
Junior guard Brianna Wright was a major contributor to her team’s success throughout the matchup. Playing the entirety of the game, she finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Wright wasn’t the only significant scorer as both Junior and Senior guards Dominique Golightly and Sara Williamson reached double digits in scoring. In total, the guard trio of ACU tallied an impressive 42 points in the game.
With this win, the women improve their record to 4-0. Next on their schedule the Wildcats travel to El Paso to face Texas Southern Friday at 2 p.m., who just lost a closely contested battle against Rice 76-71.
Meanwhile New Mexico State will try to bounce back from its first loss of the season when they go up against Northern New Mexico at home next Monday at 7 p.m. central time.