The Wildcats finished their three-game road trip on Saturday with a 68-62 win against Southeastern Louisiana, giving the team their 20th win this season.
“Winning 20 games is really special,” said Head coach Julie Goodenough, “because it is so hard to do.”
Leading the way for the Wildcats was senior guard Breanna Wright. Wright once again led both teams in scoring with 20 points for ACU, as well as having three assists, two rebounds and two steals.
Senior guard Dominique Golightly had another strong game to the Wildcats. Golightly brought in 15 points and filled the stat sheet with eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
“Dominique led us in rebounds once again, which is something she does quite a bit,” said Goodenough. “Breanna was so good at making decisions with the ball tonight. She did not force anything.”
The game stayed close through all the quarters, neither team pulling away until the fourth quarter. In that quarter, the Wildcats shot 64% from the field, most of those coming from in the paint.
Points in the paint proved to put ACU over Southeastern, where the Wildcats held a 40-26 advantage.
“One of our offensive keys was to get the ball in the paint with drives and post feeds,” said Goodenough. “In the second half, our players were very intentional with that.”
The Wildcats’ defense also played a significant role in this game. ACU held the Lady Lions to 37% shooting through the whole game and caused nine turnovers and stole the ball five times. Their defense served as a spark for many runs, one including an 11-3 run at the end of the fourth quarter that secured the win for the Wildcats.
“I think we are improving on defense with each game,” said Goodenough, “and that will continue to be a point of emphasis the remainder of the season.”
Up next, ACU faces a challenge at home. Sam Houston State travels to Moody, as the Bearkats lead in the Southland Conference standings. This matchup will tip-off on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and will be streaming live on ESPN+.
“Sam Houston is a huge game for us this week,” said Goodenough, “and we would appreciate great fan support, especially from our ACU students.”