- The Abilene Christian
basketball teams resume Lone Star Conference play Tuesday night when
they play host to a doubleheader vs. Incarnate Word beginning at 5:30
p.m. Grant Boone will handle the play-by-play duties for both games
aired locally on 1280 AM - KSLI.
Wildcat squads emerged victorious from their Christmas recesses with
the men's team edging Dallas Baptist,
85-82, and the women's team sweeping its competition at the West Texas
Holiday Classic. The Wildcats began the tournament with a 70-66 win over
Shaw (N.C.) followed by a 64-57 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma
The 2-0 trip to Canyon lifted the women's season record to 6-5, but the Wildcats are still in need of more conference
victories at the start of the season's second half. ACU's lone win was a 92-85 double overtime nail biter at Eastern New Mexico.
Wildcats have played their last three games without leading scorer Mack
Lankford (18.4 ppg) due to injury,
but Renata Marquez, Kelsey Smith and Paige Parliament have all averaged
more than 11 points per game during her absence. Marquez also
contributed double doubles vs. Shaw and Southwestern, while Smith came
away with four blocks and 7.0 rebounds per game.
has been a force in the paint as well, and against Southwestern she
matched her season high of nine
rebounds in addition to sinking 7 of 11 free-throw attempts. From the
field Parliament is shooting 52.1 percent and has made more than half
her baskets through three of her last four starts.
the Wildcats, the Cardinal's women's team also has struggled against
the conference and enters this week
with records of 7-5 and 2-4. Incarnate Word began the year 4-0 and 6-1,
but has since lost four of its last five - its lone win was a 65-52
thrashing of Arkansas-Monticello.
Cardinal offense is led by Katy Cooke's 12.5 scoring average, which
includes 43 percent shooting from the
court and a near perfect .919 (34 of 37) free-throw percentage. Cooke
also leads the team with 18 treys and is second with 43 assists and 24
Wallace and Jocelyn Jarmon lead UIW's rebounding efforts as both are
pulling down more than 7.0 boards
per game. Additionally, Jarmon has dished out 47 assists, stole 24
passes and blocked five shots while averaging 9.3 points per game.
men's victory over Dallas Baptist snapped a season worst four-game
losing streak and lifted its season
mark back to .500 at 6-6; however, just like the Wildcat women, head
coach Joe Golding's team is nearing desperation for a conference win
following a 0-4 start.
But Friday night's win over the Patriots proved that all is not lost for this program, and the confidence gained
by the Wildcats could serve as a jumping-off point for a successful second half.
Led by 22 points apiece from veterans Kendall Durant and Zach Williams, the Wildcats meticulously trimmed a 16-point
first-half Patriot lead down to seven, and then exploded for nine points during the first 1:29 of the second half.
Eric Milam had a pair of steals and a defensive rebound in the early run, and his efforts directly led to Durant's
back-to-back 3-pointers and then another triple from Antonio Bell, which gave ACU its first lead of the game.
immediately responded with a 10-2 run to regain a 49-42 lead, but the
Wildcats got back into it and finally
took the lead for good at 59-57 on a Bell jumper with 9:12 left in the
game. ACU pushed its lead out to 68-61 with 6:51 left before DBU rallied
again to cut it to 68-66.
McGowen's 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining brought the Patriots
within a point at 83-82, but Durant
buried two free throws to push the lead to 85-82 and DBU's Armie Lewis
missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Wildcats the
Williams not only leads ACU in scoring with 14.5 ppg, but also is first with nine blocks and 20 steals. Durant
is second with 12.0 ppg followed by Bell with 11.6 ppg.
The Cardinals' No. 1 scoring threat is Chris Johnson, who is averaging 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
But as a team, UIW has struggled to consistently make shots from 3-point range (.269) or the foul line (.614).
As a result, Incarnate Word has lost four straight after starting the year at 6-3. The Cardinals' most recent
decision was an 81-76 overtime loss to St. Mary's- a game in which they hit just 3 of 19 three-point attempts.