Eager to rebound from a disappointing loss last Thursday, the Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, but the Longhorns made a run to finish the first quarter only down 16-14. Leigh put up 21 in the second to take a big lead; two aggressive drives from sophomore Olivia Lo halted the run, and the Wildcats went into halftime only down 11.
The Wildcats started the third quarter strong, cutting the lead to 6 before the Longhorns hit a couple three-pointers to finish the quarter up by 10.
Staring headlong into a 1-3 record to start the season, the Wildcats battled back during the fourth. Lo shut down the point guard, taking the Longhorns out of their offense. Junior Sabrina Belquist found the zone and put up 15 points in the quarter, including three makes from downtown. She led all scorers with 24 in the game. As her last three-pointer left her hand, the bench rose as one without a doubt that it would stroke the nylon.
The Wildcats took their first lead of the second half with just over two minutes left, holding on to the victory with key free-throws from senior Alexa Wong, sophomore Ashley Poshard, and sophomore Carlee King. Wong also had several critical rebounds in the comeback.
The victory evens the Wildcats’ record at 2-2, heading into a match against Sobrato next Wednesday in the Gunderson Lady Grizz Tournament.