AC Women top UTD, Men Fall

Austin College Women’s Hoops Holds Off UTD

SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College women’s basketball team got out to a big lead behind the hot shooting of Jacqui Nickell but needed to hold off a late rally by the University of Texas-Dallas on Wednesday night, topping the Comets 55-52 to improve to 3-2 overall this season.

Austin College fell in a 10-3 hole early on before back to back treys from Nickell made it a 10-9 game with 12:54 left in the opening half, and another three from Nickell and baskets from Erin Riley and Shayna Clardy gave the ‘Roos their first lead of the game at 18-16 with 5:26 on the clock. Nickell buried her fourth three of the opening half to extend the lead to five, but the Comets would chip away and make it a 24-23 Austin College lead at the break.

The ‘Roos maintained their slim lead early in the second half before Nickell knocked down her fifth and sixth threes of the game to push it to a 38-27 game with 12:34 to play, and the lead grew to 47-31 following a bucket by Brooke Melton and a three from Clardy with just over eight minutes remaining.

The Comets would come surging back thanks to a 13-2 run that made it a 49-44 game with 4:49 remaining, and a three point play by Amber Brown would cut it to a 51-49 margin with under two minutes left. Four free throws from Christina Kime pushed it to a 55-49 game with 36 seconds left, and the ‘Roos would manage to hold off the Comets and secure the three point victory.

Nickell hit 6-of-8 threes on her way to 18 points and Melton finished with 10 points, six boards and four steals as Austin College overcame 26 turnovers to earn the victory.

Jo’Anna Davis scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Comets and Kellie Loukanis added 10 in the loss as UTD shot just 32.8% from the field in the game.

Austin College opens up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play this weekend when they host Southwestern on Friday and Trinity on Saturday.

UTD Pulls Away from ’Roo Men’s Hoops Late

SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College men’s basketball team was within five points late in their game against the University of Texas-Dallas, but the Comets used an 11-5 run to close things out and hand the ‘Roos a 61-50 loss on Wednesday night in Hughey Gym. The ‘Roos are now 1-4 on the year with the loss.

Austin College got off to a hot start, grabbing a 10-2 lead with 14:05 left in the opening half. UTD pulled to within one at 11-10 before the ‘Roos pushed the margin back to 16-10 on a basket by Jordan Hancock. Carter Nash scored to cap off a 7-0 run for UTD as the Comets surged ahead 17-16, but the ‘Roos grabbed the lead back at 24-22 on a bucket by Walter Phillips with 2:31 left before halftime. However, a last second tip in by Nash would put UTD on top 27-26 heading into the locker room.

UTD carried that momentum into the second half, scoring eight straight to push the lead to 35-26, and the lead grew to 40-29 with 15:35 left to play on a basket by Reese Dahse. A pair of three pointers and a layup by Hancock cut the margin to 42-39 with 11:14 remaining, but the Comets got two quick baskets from Kyle Schleigh on their way to extending the lead to 48-41 with just under nine minutes remaining.

Alen Michael had a tip in and Colton Castle hit an 18 footer to pull the ‘Roos back to within three at 48-45, but that’s as close as Austin College would get as Schleigh would score seven of UTD’s final 13 points to give the Comets the 11 point victory.

Hancock hit 5-of-10 shots and 2-of-4 from deep on his way to a team-high 15 points and added three steals and Michael recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the ‘Roos.

Schleigh led all scorers with 22 points and added 13 boards, three assists and a pair of steals and Nash finished with 11 points and seven boards for the Comets.

Austin College opens up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play this weekend when they host Southwestern on Friday and Trinity on Saturday.

Austin College athletic teams participate as a member of the NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.