Lady Wildcats win season opener.
In a game that featured a combined 49 turnovers and 12 traveling violations, the Northwest Vista Lady Wildcats thumped the St. Philip’s Lady Tigers 63-35 Wednesday night in St. Philip’s health and fitness center.
Despite admirable post work from business freshman Toni Barnes and the outside shooting of kinesiology freshman Meaghan DeLeon, the Lady Tigers could not keep up with the Lady Wildcats.
The Lady Tigers turned the ball over 36 times, including seven traveling violations, while the Lady Wildcats turned it over 13 times, including five traveling violations.
Led by tenacious defending from accounting freshman Claire Renteria, the Lady Wildcats pressure defense forced the Lady Tigers into a lot of mistakes, leading to easy transition buckets.
Nine of the Lady Wildcats’ 10 players got on the scoreboard while only four of the eight Lady Tigers scored.
DeLeon can boast being the game’s highest scorer with 13 points, while Barnes added 12 points to pace the Lady Tigers.
Kinesiology freshman Lorena Garcia and education sophomore Amanda Martinez led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 12 points each. Criminal justice sophomore Josalyn Madrigal added 11 points to the Lady Wildcats’ winning effort.
Kinesiology freshman Natasha Mofett scored 6 points, all of which came in the first half of the game. Automotive technology freshman Dominique Nunez scored the Lady Tigers’ other 4 points.
With 4:30 remaining in the first half, the Lady Wildcats held a 21-15 lead before Renteria’s defense and vision, with the help of Madrigal’s scoring, sparked a 10-3 run to end the half 31-18.
A 24-7 run to start the second half put any hopes of a comeback to rest, making the score 55-25 with about six minutes remaining in the game.
The poor performance did not prevent the St. Philip’s crowd from enthusiastically cheering their team throughout the game.
The next opponent for the Lady Tigers will be the University of Incarnate Word Lady Cardinals at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at McDermott Center.
The Lady Wildcats will take on this college’s women’s basketball team 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in Gym 1 of Candler Physical Education Center.