HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State recorded a season-low in points and could not stop a barrage of 3-pointers from A&M-Corpus Christi in a 63-37 loss at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
The Bearkats (0-17, 0-7 Southland) were outscored by 19 points in the opening 20 minutes and allowed 22 third-quarter points. The Islanders’ (7-11, 3-4 SLC) drained nine 3-pointers including six from Brittany Mbamalu who finished with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
Sam Houston committed a season-low 13 turnovers, a significant turnaround from the squads’ Southland Conference-high 31 on Wednesday against Lamar.
Freshman Rachel Harrell produced her most points in nine games, finishing with 10 including a pair of 3-pointers. Likewise, Jenniffer Oramas drained a pair of 3-pointers alongside 6 points. Lydia Baxter also added six points on 3-of-8 from the field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sam Houston was held to 2-of-14 including 1 of its final 9 to close out the opening quarter. Despite the struggles, the Islanders did not manage much more, shooting 29.4 percent (5 of 17) with six points coming from Brittany Mbamalu.
A&M-Corpus Christi made its mark behind the 3-point line, sinking 3-of-4 in the second to finish the half with five total. The Islanders, who led 8-0 before Sam Houston found the scoreboard nearly five minutes into the game, continued its defensive dominance in the second.
The Bearkats were held to their lowest first-half point total (13) as Sam Houston connected on just a trio of second-quarter field goals. Freshman guard Jenniffer Oramas was responsible for six of those points courtesy of a pair of 3-pointers.
The Islanders hit 3-pointers on each of their first four possessions, including three from Mbamalu, to open up a 28-point advantage with 5:45 in the third quarter. A&M-Corpus Christi used a 10-0 run in the latter part of the third, holding Sam Houston scoreless over nearly five minutes.
A&M-Corpus Christi, who never trailed in the game, led by 34 points at the end of the third quarter. The squad was particularly dominant in the paint, outscoring the Bearkats 20-6 while out-rebounding Sam Houston 48-34.6
Sam Houston plays the third of four straight at home next Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale by visiting GoBearkats.com or by calling (936) 294-1729. The matchup will be part of doubleheader action as the men’s team follows against the Lions.
Head coach Brenda Welch-Nichols on the game…
“Our shooting is not getting it done and that is the biggest thing. I still commend our girls for getting it done. We had 13 turnovers. We had been turning the ball over 20-plus times a game. I wish we could put it all together at one time.”
Head coach Brenda Welch-Nichols on the effort of Rachel Harrell…
“I am really glad that she finally came out of her shell. That is what she is really good at is scoring. She just needed to get her confidence. I am real proud of Rachel to come out and get those baskets in. I thought Lydia Baxter did a good job coming off the bench as well."