'Big Country'
Addison 'Big Country' Martin had a team-high 21 points to help ACU to its second straight league win on Saturday. Courtesy ACU Athletics.

‘Big Country’ Addison Martin Leads ACU to Second Straight Win

Abilene Christian redshirt freshman Addison Martin is from Shreveport, Louisiana. However, her teammates and coaches refer to her as ‘Big Country’.

Well, ‘Big Country’ was big on Saturday afternoon.

‘Big Country’ Martin finished with a team-high 21 points to lead ACU to a 69-65 win over UTRGV on Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

With the win, ACU improves to 10-8 overall and 4-3 in WAC play. UTRGV drops to 7-11 overall and 1-6 in WAC play.

Coming into Saturday, ACU was looking for its first winning streak in WAC play. And after having a week off following a 71-50 win at Utah Valley may not have been the recipe for success.

At least, in the first two minutes of Saturday’s contest.

Iyana Dorsey score eight quick points and in the blink of an eye, UTRGV led 10-0.

Timeout, Julie Goodenough.

“The first two and a half minutes, we were just soft,” Goodenough said. “We didn’t guard anything and every time we got bumped, we turned the ball over. We didn’t do a very good job emulating their physicality in practice. Maybe it shocked us. But I felt like after that timeout, we responded.”

Out of the timeout, ‘Big Country’ Addison Martin got ACU on the board with a layup and a pair of free throws.

But, Iyana Dorsey responded with her third three of the first quarter to push the lead to six with 3:26 left in the quarter.

After both teams traded buckets over the next two possessions, ACU closed out the quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 16-15 lead after one quarter.

Back-to-back 3-pointers to start the second quarter from Madi Miller and Raychael Harjo pushed the lead to seven.

But, UTRGV never let the game get away from them. Iyana Dorsey hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 29 with 2:46 left in the half.

But, ‘Big Country’ Martin responded with a layup on the following ACU possession to give the Wildcats the lead.

However, UTRGV took a 32-31 lead into the locker room as Mele Kailahi knocked down the final bucket of the half.

Out of the locker room, the two teams went basket for basket.

First it was Madi Miller knocking down a jumper. Then, Deborah Ogayemi hit a layup. And then Maleeah Langstaff knocked down a layup. UTRGV’s Zariah Sango followed that up with a bucket.

Maleeah Langstaff’s layup a few possessions later tied the game at 37. But, UTRGV took the lead right back on a Ogayemi bucket with 6:01 to play in the third quarter.

Maleeah Langstaff was really good off the dribble for ACU on Saturday afternoon. Courtesy ACU Athletics.

And so it went throughout the rest of the third quarter. Follow a Tiffany McGarity layup that gave UTRGV a 45-42 lead, ACU scored the final five points of the quarter to take a 47-45 lead into the final frame.

Perhaps during the break between quarters, Julie Goodenough said it was time to feed ‘Big Country’. Or perhaps her teammates made a mental note to feed the 6-0 redshirt freshman.

Whatever it was, Addison Martin took over to start the fourth quarter.

Martin scored eight of her 22 points in the final frame. And her final point of the game gave ACU a 60-59 lead with 1:11 to play.

On the following possession, Zoe Jackson, playing for the injured Aspen Thornton, hit the shot of the night.

Following a steal by Claire Graham, Madi Miller found Jackson in the corner. And the 3-point attempt hit nothing but the bottom of the net.

“I absolutely knew she was going to make it,” Addison Martin said of Jackson’s 3-pointer. “We call her our clutch player. She can come in there and go get a bucket. Or she can sit on the 3-point line and shoot a three and make it. I knew when she shot that ball that it was going to go in.”

From there, ACU just had to hit free throws to finish out the 69-65 win.

Maleeah Langstaff was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 18 points. Langstaff also finished with nine rebounds.

Iyana Dorsey had a game-high 34 points and was 10-11 from the free throw line. Mele Kailahi was also in double figures with 13 points.

ACU goes back on the road next week to play at New Mexico State and Grand Canyon.

UTRGV has a week off before heading to Sam Houston next Saturday.

 

 

 

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Kyle McDonald

Love everything about WAC Hoops so decided I wanted to write more about it and cover this amazing conference that just keeps getting better. Follow us on Twitter @wachoopsdigest for information, game analysis and much more.

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