The women’s basketball team left Sharp Gymnasium in Houston on Wednesday night with a hard-fought 72-62 win against Houston Baptist. That victory moves the Wildcats to 11-5 on the season and tied for first in the Southland Conference.
ACU shot 42 percent from the court, draining six threes in its rout of the Huskies and led for over 35 minutes of the game. However, they struggled to control the ball, allowing 18 turnovers.
Junior forward Dominique Golightly led the way for ACU, scoring 20 points off 7-12 shooting and six rebounds and adding to her impressive night. Junior forward Lexi Ducat also shined, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds, her second double-double of the season.
Both teams were off to slow starts in the first quarter. ACU shot 6-17 compared to HBU’s 4-16, giving the Wildcats a 12-8 lead heading into the second quarter.
Houston Baptist answered back before halftime with 15 bench points in the quarter and taking advantage of the Wildcats poor shooting. The Huskies took their first lead of the game near the end of the quarter and held a 28-27 lead heading into the locker room.
Senior guard Sara Williamson said she was proud of her team getting another road victory.
“We had a rough first half offensively with not a lot of our shots falling, but I’m extremely proud of how we came out in the second half and set the tone immediately,” Williamson said. “Brea hit a couple threes and we got stops on defense. Winning on the road is not easy in the Southland, but I’m proud of how we came in, fought and got the win.”
The Wildcats came out with far more intensity after halftime scoring 25 points in the third quarter alone and shooting 56 percent from the court and increasing their lead to 12. Houston Baptist had no answer in the fourth quarter as they fall to 6-8 on the season.
Up next, the Wildcats visit Natchitoches, Louisiana, at 1 p.m. Saturday to face Northwestern State, which sits at 6-9 on the season.