ABILENE – Abilene Christian sunk 10 3-pointers and used a 27-3 first-half run to show why it is a contender in the Southland Conference, downing Sam Houston State, 78-56 on Saturday afternoon at Moody Coliseum.
Jenniffer Oramas and Angela Delaney each added 11 points while Rachel Harrell sunk three 3-pointers to finish with nine points in the loss. The Wildcats (15-9 overall, 9-1 SLC) out-rebounded Sam Houston 49-37 while forcing 21 turnovers to stay tied atop the Southland standings.
Sam Houston (1-19, 1-9 SLC) will close out its brief two-game road trip on Thursday at Lamar. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The Kats return home Saturday to face Houston Baptist at 4 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Bearkats hung with the Wildcats through most of the first quarter, taking a two-point lead as Angela Delaney converted a 3-point play with 3:02 remaining. However, Sam Houston would not find the basket the remainder of the frame as ACU closed out the quarter on a 10-0 run.
ACU entered the second quarter with an eight-point lead but used three 3-pointers in the opening 5 ½ minutes and added a fourth later as Sam Houston allowed 29 second-quarter points, the squad’s most through 20 games this season.
Sam Houston faced a 29-point deficit at the half but refused to quit in the final 20 minutes. The Bearkats scored 21 third-quarter points, one off a season high.
The Kats used an 11-2 run midway through the third and drew within 25 points on an Ashleigh Cooper layup with 4:54 in the quarter. ACU stretched the margin back to 32 during the next 3 ½ minutes until Rachel Harrell ended the quarter with a 3-pointer.
Sam Houston outscored the Wildcats in the fourth, highlighted by a 12-2 run over the final 6:08. The Kats held ACU to 1 of its final 12 field goals, forcing five turnovers during the final 7:33.