Thursday, March 08, 2018

Abilene Christian tops New Orleans 88-66 in SLC Tournament first round action

Story and Photo by Robert H Kelly
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KATY, TEXAS (March 8, 2018) In their first-ever Southland Conference tournament appearance, the No. 7 Abilene Christian Wildcats downed the No. 6 New Orleans Privateers by the score of 88-66 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The Wildcats dominated the second half, shooting 62% from the field while as and outscoring their Southland Conference opponent 58-37. Four wildcats scored in double-figures, combining for 72 of their 88 points.

Sophomore Breanna Wright (Jarrell HS, Jarrell, Texas) led the Wildcats with 23 points, followed by sophomore Dominique Golightly (Chickasha HS, Chickasha, Okla.) with 22, senior Sierra Allen (Highland HS, Roscoe, Texas) with 16 and junior Sara Williamson (Rockwell HS, Rowlett, Texas) with 11.

The game was close through the first 20 minutes. with the Wildcats holding a one point lead (30-29) at halftime. Then they kicked their offense into overdrive for a final push and a meeting with No. 3 Central Arkansas on Friday. Earlier in the season, the Bears downed Abilene Christian in two meetings. On January 20, Central Arkansas came out on top 63-45. In the second game, they also downed the Wildcats 73-61.

Starting guard Randi Brown scored 18 points for New Orleans, with Shania Woods adding 10.

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