The Ladyjacks handed the Abilene Christian University Wildcats their first loss in three games, defeating them 69-59, in a game that kept SFA in first place in the Southland Conference.
SFA entered the game slow and out of sorts, giving ACU a chance to build a 5-0 lead. However, a key layup and transition 3-pointer by sophomore guard Stephanie Visscher provided life back into the Ladyjacks.
The second quarter is where the Ladyjacks began to extend their lead. Because of a suffocating defense, ACU fell into a five-minute scoring drought. Meanwhile, the Ladyjacks’ offense was casually scoring at will, going on a 12-0 run.
Early on, the Ladyjacks were dominating the boards offensively, providing plenty of second chance points. Senior forward Riley Harvey lead the Ladyjacks with nine rebounds while the most rebounds from the Wildcats was six from senior guard Dominique Golightly.
This game, though winning by a decent margin, was by no means a cakewalk for the Ladyjacks. ACU stormed back toward the end of the fourth quarter and showed why they were top three in the SLC.
SFA had a smooth and rhythmic style the whole night. Deciding to live in the paint, the Ladyjacks utilized quick ball movement and electric drives to gain a 40-22 advantage down low.
Getting consistent field goals throughout the game was the key advantage the Ladyjacks had against the Wildcats.
ACU relied heavily on the three-ball tonight. Connecting on a pair of 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter allowed them to cut the lead to six. However, that was as close as the Wildcats would get to catching up to the Ladyjacks. With only a 35.7 3-point percentage, there was not enough to pull off a comeback.
Visscher was the core offensive piece for the Ladyjacks. Providing 24 of the 69 points and 10 out of 14 attempted from the field, she contributed to the Ladyjacks’ ignitition after the sluggish start. The Wildcats had an even scoring distribution from senior guard Breanna Wright, senior forward Lexie Ducat and Golightly scoring a combined 42 of the 59 points for the Wildcats.
With a 16-3 record, the Ladyjacks sit top of the conference with a 9-1 conference record and a six-game winning streak. The Wildcats are now 15-3 and have a 7-2 conference record.
The Ladyjacks will play Sam Houston State University at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Huntsville.