Saturday, Feb. 9 • Abilene • 3:30 p.m. • Moody Coliseum (4,500)
Sam Houston State (11-9, 6-4 Southland) at Abilene Christian (14-7, 7-3 Southland)
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HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State Bearkats will go in search of a statement road win within the league on Saturday when they wrap up the season series with Abilene Christian at Moody Coliseum.
The game is set to tip off at 3:30 p.m. at Moody Coliseum. The game can be watched on ESPN3 with Grant Boone. Live stats are also available, as are updates on Twitter by following @BearkatsWBB.
The Bearkats are coming off a 93-80 win on Wednesday at McNeese on a night that saw them hit 36-for-41 from the foul line and get 27 points apiece from both Jenniffer Oramas and Lydia Baxter. The 27 points was a career best for Baxter, while her 10 boards made her just the eighth player in SHSU history to total 600 rebounds for a career.
The game with the Wildcats will mark the third consecutive Saturday for Sam Houston to face a team currently ranked in the top three in the league standings, having taken on undefeated Lamar and Stephen F. Austin each of the past two weeks.
It will also be the second meeting of the season for the Bearkats and ACU with the Wildcats having taken a 91-79 win in Huntsville on January 5, the conference opener for Sam Houston. ACU currently leads the all-time series by a 15-6 margin and has won each of the last eight meetings dating back to a 63-58 win in January of 2015.
ACU made 12 3-point baskets in the first meeting with four apiece coming from Dominique Golightly and Makayla Mabry. That helped to negate a 19-point night from Amber Leggett, and an effort that saw Baxter go for 18 points and 10 boards.
The Kats enter Saturday with the chance to draw even with ACU in the league standings with Sam Houston sitting in fifth place at 6-4, just one game back of the 7-3 Wildcats.
ACU stands at 7-3 after dropping a narrow contest to Lamar, 63-60, on Saturday in a game that was tied as late as 58-58. Golightly leads the team in scoring with 14.3 ppg and is one of four Wildcats to average in double figures. One of those, Sara Williamson, also leads ACU in field goal percentage (60.1), assists (4.9), steals (1.6) and blocks (1.2).