LUBBOCK – The ACU Wildcats return to the floor this weekend for three games in the Texas Tech World Vision Challenge at the United Spirit Arena.
The Wildcats (7-4) will take on Florida Atlantic at 8 p.m. and will then play Jacksonville (Fla.) at noon Saturday. ACU will then take on the Lady Raiders of Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Sunday. ACU's first two games of the challenge will be broadcast on KTLT 98.1 FM and Sunday's game will be broadcast on 102.7 FM The Bear.
Friday night's game against Florida Atlantic could be a fast-paced affair as the two teams are the two highest-scoring teams in the tournament by a wide margin. The Owls are averring 85.1 points per game, while the Wildcats are averaging 79.0 ppg.
ACU is the second-best scoring defense team in the field (65.4 ppg allowed) behind Texas Tech (64.4 ppg). Florida Atlantic allows opponents to score 72.0 ppg.
The Wildcats have never played either Florida Atlantic or Jacksonville and are 2-10 overall against Texas Tech. The last time ACU played Texas Tech was Jan. 13, 1983, when Tech beat ACU, 95-48. ACU's last win over Texas Tech came on Nov. 13, 1978, when the Wildcats beat Tech 85-67.
Florida Atlantic is 6-2 on the season and enters Friday night's game riding a six-game winning streak. FAU is led by Chanise Miller, who is averaging 13.3 ppg, while Takia Brooks is averaging 12.1 ppg.
Jacksonville is 3-5 on the season and enters Friday's game against Texas Tech riding a three-game losing streak. Queen Alford leads the team averaging 12.8 ppg, while Sherranda Reddick is averaging 12.3 ppg.
Texas Tech enters the tournament on the heels of a 65-56 loss to Arizona last Sunday. Currently sitting at 4-4 on the season, home court advantage may prove beneficial to the Lady Raiders as they boast a 4-1 record at the United Spirit Arena. Averaging 66.8 points per game, junior guard Amber Battle and redshirt-freshman guard Minta Spears account for nearly half the team’s points.