HUNTSVILLE- Texas A&M Corpus Christi led wire-to-wire Wednesday night as the Sam Houston State could not overcome a slow start as the Islanders handed the Bearkats a 67-57 defeat at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
The Kats (3-10, 0-4 SLC) shot 28.6 percent from the field in the first half, resulting in a 40-22 halftime deficit that proved to be too much for the Kats to overcome.
Brittany Mbamalu led the Islanders (9-6, 2-2 SLC) with 23 points while Dalesia Booth added another 17 with five rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and two assists.
The Bearkats will finish their three-game homestand with a battle against Houston Baptist at 3 p.m. Saturday as the front end of a doubleheader with the men’s team. The Huskies will come into the match also searching for their first conference win of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST HALF
A Lydia Baxter layup made the score 3-2 in favor of the Islanders with 8:13 to go in the first period, but the Islanders would then go on a 16-4 run over the next five minutes thanks in part to three shots from beyond the arc.
The second quarter was more of a defensive struggle as neither team scored a field goal in the first 150 seconds. The Kats held the Islanders without a field goal for four minutes in the second period, but only managed to score four points in that span.
The Islanders did a chunk of their damage from three-point land as they went 6-for-11 in the half compared to the Kats who hit just two of their eight tries. The Islanders and Bearkats both had seven turnovers in the half, but the Islanders scored 13 points off of the turnovers compared to two by the Kats.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE SECOND HALF
The Bearkats showed signs of life in the third quarter outscoring the Islanders 16-12. After a Booth layup with six minutes remaining, the Bearkats went on a 12-0 run capped off by a 3-point shot from Jada Ballew to draw within 10 points of the Islanders.
The Bearkats outscored the Islanders 19-15 in the final period thanks to Oramas’ eight points, but couldn’t quite overcome the hill as the Islanders proved to be too much for the Kats. The Kats’ comeback effort was helped by a 13-5 run to close out the final five minutes of the game with seven of the 13 coming from Oramas.
Sam Houston’s bench outscored TAMUCC’s 27-9, while 50 of the Islanders’ 67 points came from the trio of Mbamalu, Booth and Emma Young. The Kats also showed a paint presence outscoring the Islanders in the paint 30-22 and winning the second-chance points battle 14-6.