FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sam Houston State women’s basketball could not slow down Arkansas in its season opener Friday morning, dropping the 2016-17 opener, 71-39 from Bud Walton Arena.
The Bearkats (0-1) will look to rebound on Tuesday in their visit to TCU. The matchup, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Fort Worth, will be the last before Sam Houston returns home for a pair of games beginning with Wiley College next Friday.
Senior Jasmine McCants posted a team-leading 11 points while adding four rebounds before fouling out, playing 19 minutes. Rachel Harrell added nine points and eight boards in her Bearkat debut while Angela Delaney posted six points along with seven boards and Morghen Day registered five.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Arkansas (1-0) jumped out to an 18-2 run over 7 ½ minutes early, holding the Bearkats scoreless for a stretch of seven minutes in the opening quarter. The Razorbacks held Sam Houston to just six first-quarter points, jumping out to a 25-6 advantage.
Despite the deficit, Sam Houston did not let up, holding Arkansas scoreless for a span of 4 ½ minutes in the second quarter. The Bearkats went on a 6-0 run of their own over a two-minute span including the first basket of Ann Nwosah’s Sam Houston career and first bucket of the season for Delaney.
The Bearkats held Arkansas to nine second-quarter points, putting up eight of their own, but trailed 34-14 at the break. The scoring came together in the third as Rachel Harrell, drained back-to-back 3-pointers late in the frame as Sam Houston scored 10 points in the quarter and 15 in the fourth.
Arkansas’s Jessica Jackson, a preseason All-Southeastern Conference honoree, tallied a game-high 20 points and team-high eight rebounds. The senior was joined by Malica Monk and Alecia Cooler, who each finished in double-digit scoring with 12 points.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Freshman Rachel Harrell sunk a pair of 3-pointers and added nine points (3 for 7) in her freshman debut start against the Hogs. The Weatherford, Texas, native played a team-leading 36 minutes while adding a Bearkat-best eight rebounds to just one turnover.
Sam Houston garnered some positives in the game, particularly in the fourth quarter. The Bearkats shot 43 percent (6-14) during the final 10 minutes accounting for 15 points. In limited opportunities at the free throw line during the game, Sam Houston went 7 for 8 (87.5 percent) including 5 for 6 in the second half.