HUNTSVILLE – A strong start from Sam Houston State proved too much for the New Orleans Privateers to overcome as the Bearkats won their final home game of the season, 86-62, on Wednesday night at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
Sam Houston (15-11, 10-6 SLC) continued with their hot shooting from the field and nailed nine from beyond the arc, the third game in a row that the Kats have scored nine or more triples, while the Privateers (11-14, 7-9 SLC) could not get the ball to fall from 3-point range only making four as a team. The victory gives the Kats their 10th league victory, the most since the 2013 team that won 13 SLC games and claimed the league title.
The Bearkats were led by point guard Jennifer Oramas who collected 22 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Jaylonn Walker played big for the Kats scoring three 3-pointers and had seven assists.
How it Happened
- The Kats came out strong and opened the game on a 16-3 run and saw five different players contribute points
- Walker ended the first quarter of play leading the Bearkats with seven points and three assists
- Amber Leggett came out hot after the quarter change and scored the first six points for SHSU extending their lead to 15
- The majority of the Bearkats points in the first half of play came from five players and as a team they shot 17-for-29 from the field; 13 of those buckets came off an assist
- Walker and Dominique Maxwell each collected a pair of triples for the Kats who shot 57 percent from beyond the arc
- The Kats started slow coming out of halftime, but Lydia Baxter eventually found a bucket in the paint followed by a triple from Oramas on the next offensive set
- Sticky defense from the Kats caused five turnovers by UNO in the last four minutes of the quarter, which led to a quick eight points for SHSU
- Late in the third quarter of play the Bearkats found their rhythm and went on a 14-3 run to end the quarter
- The Privateers did not give up and came out in the start of the last quarter of play on an 8-0 run
- Sam Houston remained scoreless for almost three minutes into the fourth quarter, but a shot from beyond the arc from Oramas got the Kats back in business
The Bearkats return to action on Wednesday, March 6th at Central Arkansas. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.