NATCHITOCHES, La. – Sam Houston State played toe-to-toe through the first quarter at Northwestern State on Saturday afternoon. Then, the Demons hit their stride.
The Bearkats allowed a season-high .528 field goal percentage and were held to three points in the second quarter, falling 78-51 from Prather Coliseum. Sam Houston (0-15 overall, 0-5 Southland) returns home for fourth straight beginning Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. vs. Lamar.
Angela Delaney matched a career-high with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting including a pair of 3-pointers. The junior guard was joined by Kiera McKinney, who finished with 12 points. The freshman post has two double-figure scoring outings in her last three games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sam Houston fell behind 6-0 two minutes into the game before Jenniffer Oramas drained a 3-pointer to cut the deficit in half. Jasmine McCants converted a 3-point play and Angela Delaney sunk a shot from behind the arc to give the Bearkats an 11-9 lead with 2:11 in the opening quarter.
After Northwestern State’s Beatrice Attura answered with a 3-pointer, McCants answered with a layup to give the Bearkats a 13-12 edge. Lydia Baxter found the basket on a layup with 14 seconds in the first quarter to knot the game at 15-15 heading into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, it would be all Northwestern State. The Demons began the frame on an 11-0 run and held Sam Houston without a field goal the first eight minutes of the period. By the time Kiera McKinney made a jumper with 2:16 until the half, NSU had extended its lead to 30-18.
Northwestern State added the final six points of the quarter, taking a 36-18 advantage into the break.
The Bearkats would pick things up in the third quarter, matching Northwestern State, 15-15, replicating the opening frame. Sam Houston shot 46.7 percent in the quarter while the Bearkats’ bench outscored the Demons 11-3.
Any hopes for a late comeback would be dashed in the final frame as Northwestern State began the fourth on a 20-3 run, upping its advantage to 27 points, in what would eventually be the final point differential.
The Demons’ Attura finished with 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting including four 3-pointers and a game-high eight assists. In total, Northwestern State hit seven 3-pointers and went 15-of-20 from the free throw line, as Sam Houston committed its second-most fouls of the season (22).