ABILENE, Texas - The 2010-11 season may not go down quite as storybook as Midwestern State, but if the Mustangs' efforts Saturday afternoon at Moody Coliseum are any indication the tide is turning for Noel Johnson's program.
The Mustangs left a lasting impression on Abilene Christian with a 90-78 whipping to close the season with 10-16 overall and 6-8 Lone Star Conference South Division marks.
It was the first win for an MSU team in Abilene since 1992, snapping a 15-game skid to the Wildcats on their home floor.
Midwestern scrapped for a seven-point first-half lead and held a 43-41 edge at halftime, but then took control in the second half.
The Mustangs held ACU without a field goal for a 5:16 stretch between a Mack Lankford three-point play with 15:12 to go in the second half and a Shelby Shipley jumper with 9:18 to play.
In between, Midwestern battered the Wildcats for a 16-2 run as the Mustangs rolled out to a 72-57 lead when Nolisha Markham buried a trey from the left wing with 9:56 to play.
The Wildcats would never be within 10 points the rest of the game.
Markham paced a pack of four Mustangs in double figures with 16 points and six rebounds before fouling out in her final game at MSU with under a minute to play.
Junior Savannah Carver knocked down four 3-pointers to join freshman Kirsti Degelia with 15 points each while junior forward Cierra Thompson added 15 points.
Katiya Jackson added to the team effort with nine points, while Karissa Lang and Jazman Patterson added eight points each.
Lankford paced the Wildcats with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field including four 3-pointers, but was 5-for-11 from the free throw line.
Abilene Christian fell to 11-16 and 8-6.