The loss Saturday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi stung more than usual for the Wildcats, as sophomore guard Madi Miller went down with a wrist injury.
In the 70-58 loss, Miller collided with an Islander in the third quarter, fracturing her left wrist. She met with a specialist Monday and will not require surgery, but her return time to the court is unknown.
Miller has played in all 14 games averaging 20 minutes a game. She’s also averaging 8.6 PPG and shooting the ball at a 41% clip.
The Wildcats (12-2, 4-1 SLC) were undefeated in conference play and riding an eight-game winning streak but struggled early against the Islanders (10-6, 4-2 SLC).
TXAM-CC outscored ACU 22-12 in the first quarter. The Wildcats commit eight turnovers in the first 10 minutes of play as the Islanders shot 8-15 (53.3%) in that segment.
Senior forward Alexis Bryant carried the way for TXAM-CC leading all players with 20 points and eight rebounds on 10-16 shooting. She also added a pair of blocks in the winning performance.
The Wildcats responded in the second quarter, trimming the Islander lead to four at the midway point, but the Islanders sealed the game in the second half.
The Islanders shot 6-10 (60%) in the fourth quarter and took advantage of the free throw opportunities throughout the game. They finished the day 22-27 (81.5%) from the charity stripe.
Senior guard Dominique Golightly led ACU with 20 points, seven rebounds and three steals in the loss. She shot a dismal 6-15 but drilled three three-pointers.
With the loss of Miller for an unknown time, another bench player will have to fill her role as the Wildcats continue conference play. Up next ACU is back home for the second consecutive game to take on Southeastern Louisiana (5-10, 2-4 SLC) Saturday at 4:40 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPN+.
Meanwhile, the Islanders will be back home Saturday hosting the Lamar Cardinals (8-7, 4-2 SLC) at 1 p.m.