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Wildcat Programs notch big wins over Houston Baptist

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Wednesday night, ACU men's and women's programs hit the court for Southland Conference game number five, and both came out on the winning end.

ACU WBB 80, HBU 68

Sara Williamson scored 20 points and Breanna Wright chipped in 19 on 60 percent shooting to lead Abilene Christian women's basketball to an 80-68 victory over Houston Baptist at Moody Coliseum.

The victory extended the Wildcats' season-long winning streak to six games as they improved to 11-4 overall and 5-0 vs. the Southland Conference, while the Huskies fell to 4-10 and 0-4. ACU is 7-0 all-time vs. HBU.

Williamson's 20-point effort on 7-15 shooting was her fourth of the season. Six of her points came from the free-throw line, as she also compiled seven rebounds, six assists, three blocks and three steals in 33 minutes of play. Her rebound and block totals tied her single-game career highs.

Sierra Allen reached double figures for the fourth time this season, finishing with a season-high 15 points on 7-14 shooting. Many of her jump shots came in the paint.

The Wildcats conclude their three-game homestand Saturday at 2 p.m. vs. Northwestern State.

ACU MBB 82, HBU 74

ACU outscored Houston Baptist 15-6 in the final 3:28 of the game Wednesday night as the Wildcats rallied for an 82-74 win over the Huskies to claim their first win ever at Sharp Gym.

The duo of center Jalone Friday and guard Jaylen Franklin sparked the Wildcats as they finished with 23 and 22 points, respectively. For Franklin, his 22 points were a season-high, while Friday rebounded from a seven-point effort last in last Saturday's loss vs. Southeastern Louisiana to post his second-highest scoring game of the season.

ACU led by as many as 11 points in the first half before HBU rallied to take a 37-36 lead at the break. The Huskies then led by as many as six points on several occasions in the second half before ACU rallied late to pull out its first win in four all-time games at Sharp Gym.

Next up for ACU is a trip to Northwestern St. on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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