Rydell, Diaz standout in exhibition loss at Abilene Christian

Midwestrn State woman's huddle as they take on ACU in a Exhibition game. / Source: KAUZ
Midwestrn State woman's huddle as they take on ACU in a Exhibition game. / Source: KAUZ

Breanna Wright poured in 30 points to lead Abilene Christian to an 88-67 win over Midwestern State Saturday afternoon at Moody Coliseum.

The sophomore guard from Jarrell fired in seven of ACU's 16 3-pointers as the Wildcats connected at a 46-percent clip from the field and 43 percent from the arc.

"They like to take a lot of 3s or drive it to the basket. There is nothing in between," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "They were on fire today. We did a really good job of staying in front of them today, but we tended to over-help leaving them with open looks from the perimeter."

The game counted as an exhibition for the Mustangs, while ACU claimed a second straight win to improve to 5-3.

Senior guard Kristin Rydell got MSU of to a quick start hitting a layup and drilling a 3-pointer for a 5-0 lead in the opening minute of the game, but the Wildcats peeled off a 20-3 run to take control of the game before Whitney Taylor buried a triple with 1:20 to go in opening period to make 23-12, ACU.

The Mustangs, who trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half, won the third period 21-15 to climb as close as 13 after halftime.

Rydell was lone MSU player in double figures finishing with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting with three 3-pointers, while Taylor and freshman Kityana Diaz tallied nine points each.

Junior Chelcie Kizart and senior Micheline Mercelita scored eight points each, while senior guard Jasmine Richardson pitched in 7.

Mercelita was the top rebounded collecting six caroms while freshman Hannah Reynolds had six points and five boards.

"We wanted to play everyone today. Our depth has been hurt, especially in the posts. This was a good game to do it," Johnson said. "ACU is a good team that can expose our weaknesses. I am proud of the girls. They played hard, but they are disappointed. They always want to come out and perform well."

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