Story provided by Lance Fleming, ACU Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations
NEW ORLEANS -- The ACU Wildcats jumped out to a 14-0 lead to start the game Thursday night and never looked back as they whipped an outmanned New Orleans squad, 88-44, in the Wildcats' first Southland Conference contest at Lakefront Arena.
The ACU women are now 10-6 overall and 1-0 in the Southland. ACU was scheduled to have played Saturday at Southeastern Louisiana, but the Lions were forced to forfeit the game because of scheduling issues, so ACU will return to Abilene at 11-6 overall and 2-0 in the Southland. That win, however, won't officially go on ACU's record until Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, New Orleans 0-14 overall and 0-3 in the Southland. The Privateers -- who have won just six games against 82 losses in the last three-plus seasons -- entered the game being outscored, on average, 84-47, and Thursday's game played out to just about that average. ACU held an opponent to less than 45 points for the third time this season, joining Angelo State (87-41 ACU win) and Northwood (105-44 ACU win) on that list.
After jumping out to the big lead, ACU's lead never dipped below 11 points as the Wildcats ran away from the Privateers. The Wildcats hit 55.2 percent of their shots from the floor (32 of 58), including 13 of 28 from 3-point range (46.4 percent), the eighth time this season they have hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game.
Sophomore point guard Whitney West continued her solid season with 18 points and four assists as she hit 7 of 15 shots from the field, including a team-best 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Senior forward Renata Marquez was at her all-around best with 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and eight steals in 34 minutes of playing time.
Suzzy Dimba added 13 points and three rebounds, while Lizzy Dimba had nine points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats.
New Orleans, meanwhile, hit just 22.8 percent of its shots from the field (13 of 57), including just 4 of 16 (25 percent) from 3-point range. Octavia Wilson led the Privateers with 14 points (4 of 7 shooting from 3-point range).
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