HUNTSVILLE – Poor shooting and turnover troubles spelled doom for Sam Houston as they dropped the rematch to the Lamar Cardinals 68-44 Saturday afternoon at Johnson Coliseum.
The Bearkats (4-18, 1-12 SLC) could not get much going as they shot a hair over 33 percent on the night and committed 30 turnovers in which conference-leading Lamar (17-6, 12-1 SLC) turned into 29 points on the board.
The Kats led through most of the first period, but the Cardinals closed the final three minutes of the period with a quick 7-0 spurt to gain control and never gave it back to the Kats as they scored the first nine points of the second period to lead 22-11 with 5:21 remaining before the halftime break.
Lydia Baxter led the Bearkats in the scoring column with 11 points. It was Baxter’s fifth-consecutive game scoring in double figures. Anastacia Mickens scored a season-high 10 points off of 4-5 shooting from the field while also grabbing five boards.
Chastadie Barrs had another stellar outing in which she flirted with a triple double with 19 points, 8 steals and 7 assists, all team-highs. DeA’ngela Mathis scored 14 points for the Cardinals as well while Kiandra Bowers had her ninth double-double performance of the year with 12 points and 14 boards.
The Bearkats will look to get back on track on Valentine’s Day against Nicholls at 6 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST HALF
Sam Houston shot it well in the opening period, going 44 percent from the floor, but couldn’t replicate that performance for the rest of the game. The Kats and Cardinals went back and forth for the first eight minutes of the contest with two Lamar free throws knotting the score at eight apiece with less than two minutes remaining in the quarter.
The Cardinals then proved why they were the first-place Southland squad as they raced off to a 18-6 run over the next eight minutes to lead 26-14 after a fast-break lay-up by Barrs. Lamar continued to push the pace and took a 34-20 lead into the lockers, Lamar capitalized on the Kats 19 first-half turnovers with 17 points off turnovers in the first half.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE SECOND HALF
The Bearkats had their highest scoring output in the third quarter with 14 points, but so did the Cardinals as they poured in 24 third quarter points thanks to an 8-19 performance from the field and going 6-7 from the stripe. The Kats just couldn’t get in a rhythm in the third quarter as they committed eight turnovers which resulted in 10 of the 24 Cardinal points.
The Kats only committed three turnovers in the quarter and got shots to fall from Kiera McKinney, Kevyn Ferriera, and Mickens, but cut the deficit as they shot just 20 percent from the field in the closing quarter. The Kats bench came to play outscoring Lamar’s bench 21-14, but couldn’t overcome the 30 Sam Houston turnovers or the 21 Lamar second-chance points.