HOUSTON, TX – After trailing by only one at the half, the Huskies fall 56-62 after a six-point run in the final minute from the Wildcats in Sharp Gym on Wednesday evening.
ACU (12-5,6-3 SLC) came out with a quick start for a 6-0 run, until Kennedy Wilson drained a three. Julija Vujakovic added two more three-pointers and the Huskies (7-6,3-3 SLC) were able to keep close behind for the remainder of the half, only down 24-25.
The Wildcats gained their biggest lead of the night by nine with four minutes left in the third with HBU struggling to find inside the net. Vujakovic drained another three-pointer and after a fast break layup from Wilson and back-to-back layups from Timia Jefferson, Dee Collins added two free throws to put HBU up five. Madi Miller added to free throws to keep close at the end of the third. Both teams traded back and forth points until Wilson got the Huskies ahead by five with three and a half minutes left in the game. Unable to score in the final minute and a half, the Wildcats finished just like they started to pull out the 62-56 victory.
Junior Vujakovic led the Huskies tying her career-high with 21 points without seeing any bench time going 50 percent from the three-point line and 8-for-14 from the field and adding three steals and four assists. Sophomore Wilson added 12 points on the night with five rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals. Also going without bench time, leading team scorer sophomore Timia Jefferson contributed 11 points and three steals. Junior Marilyn Nzoiwu and sophomore N’Denasija Collins both led with eight rebounds with nine points contributed by Collins.
The Huskies shot 33.3 percent (21-of-63) from the field, 31.8 percent from three, and 7-of-12 from the line while ACU went 38 percent (19-of 50) from the field, only 5-for-22 from the three, and went 19-of-22 at the line. The Wildcats rank first in the conference for defensive rebounding and outrebound the Huskies 44-to-35 in total boards. Two-time Southland players of the week Anna McLeod and Alyssa Adams led a heavy game with 19 points from McLeod and 17 from Adams. The Huskies were able to force 17 turnovers versus their 13 turning them into 15 points. ACU was able to top HBU with 13 points from the bench with none from the Husky bench.
The Huskies will head down to Beaumont to face off with the Lamar Cardinals for the second time this season on Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip-off.