NACOGDOCHES – Three Sam Houston State Bearkats finished in double figures, but the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks kept the Bearkats at bay for the entirety of the second half in picking up a 64-49 win in the season finale at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
Jasmine McCants finished with 13 points and five rebounds in her final game as a Bearkat, while Rachel Harrell canned four triples for 12 points – all in the second half. Jenniffer Oramas also added 10 points, but the Kats (3-25, 3-15 SLC) were marred by 30 turnovers in the game despite forcing 21 by the Ladyjacks (23-6, 14-4 SLC).
Taylor Ross paced the Ladyjacks with 26 points, whle Chanell Hayes added 13.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Bearkats forced seven Ladyjack turnovers in the opening quarter and used a late 6-0 run to hold a 12-10 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Early buckets from Jasmine McCants kept the Kats right there despite six early points from SFA’s Taylor Ross before Angela Delaney made a pair of layups from the left side of the paint in Sam Houston’s 6-0 spurt to push their way to the early lead.
Sam Houston hit just 3-for-10 from the floor in the second quarter, but the Ladyjacks were haunted with misses on all seven of their tries from the three-point arc in finishing the half just 1-for-11. Jenniffer Oramas canned Sam’s first three of the game early in the quarter and another layup from McCants put the Kats up 18-14 at the 6:27 mark of the period. But SFA got two straight scores from Adrienne Lewis and finished the quarter on an 8-2 run to go into the locker room with a 22-20 advantage.
SFA came out on fire to start the second half, opening up on a 13-2 run before Rachel Harrell canned a three from the left wing to put an end to the run with the Ladyjacks up 35-27 just over midway through the third. Another three from Harrell helped cut in to the lead, but SFA still led 42-34 after three quarters after hitting 12-for-14 from the line following a 1-for-8 first half.
The Kats were able to get as close as six in the final quarter, but no closer as they used three 3-point baskets to stay in it. But SFA hit 8-for-10 from the foul line and had a pair of threes of their own to hold on.