CANYON - Sophomore forward Renata Marquez recorded her second straight double-double performance Friday afternoon as she led the ACU Wildcats to a 64-57 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State in a women's college basketball game at the First United Bank Center.
The Wildcats finished their run in the West Texas Golf Cars Lady Buff Holiday Classic with a 2-0 record and are now 6-5 on the season. ACU will return to action Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m. when it hosts Incarnate Word in a Lone Star Conference game at Moody Coliseum.
Marquez - who had 10 points and 13 rebounds in Thursday's 70-66 win over Shaw (N.C.) - put up 19 points and 12 rebounds in Friday's victory over the Lady Bulldogs. Marquez hit 8 of 17 shots from the floor to lead an ACU offense, which struggled from the field, shooting just 36.7 percent (22 of 60).
ACU led just 56-55 with 2:55 to play after a Darcie Dick jumper cut the Lady Bulldogs' deficit to just one point. But the Wildcats responded by outscoring Southwestern 8-2 over the final 2:04 of the contest.
Kelsey Smith - who scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds - got the game-ending run started with a layup to push ACU's lead back to 58-55 with 2:04 left. Hillari Adam - who had 11 points and nine rebounds - hit a pair of free throws 18 seconds later to make it 60-55.
Cecilee Perez hit two free throws with 43 seconds left to make it 62-57 before Marquez (at 27 seconds) and Adam (at 15 seconds) each hit one free throw for the final margin.
After Southwestern's bucket at the 2:55 mark, the Lady Bulldogs were just 1 for 6 from the floor, including 0 for 3 from 3-point range, turned the ball over three times and were 0 for 3 from the free throw line.
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