HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State Bearkats made head coach Ravon Justice’s home debut a success, exploding for 100 points in a 100-55 win over Jarvis Christian on Thursday evening at Johnson Coliseum.
Alyssa Osborne led four Bearkats (1-1) in double figures with a game-high 18 points, helping the Kats reach the century mark for the first time since the 1994-95 season. The sophomore from Spring headlined a reserve corps that outscored Jarvis (0-5) by a 53-7 margin.
The Bearkats jumped off to a 32-9 lead in the first period and never looked back.
Jaylonn Walker added 17 points and five assists, hitting half of SHSU’s six 3-point baskets. Dominique Maxwell also added 10 points and seven rebounds, while Jenniffer Oramas had 11 points and five dimes.
Osborne scored 11 of her 18 points in the final period and played a big part of the team’s strong defensive showing with three steals.
In all, the Kats dominated on the glass, winning the rebound war by a 57-27 margin, an encouraging jump from their 38 rebounds in the season opener, and hit 30 of 36 shots from the charity stripe in a game that featured 71 total foul shots.
The Bearkats led 32-9 after the first period and never relinquished that lead. It was an overall strong offensive showing for the team, shooting 46 percent from the field, 50 percent from behind the arc and 83 percent from the free throw line.
The team scored 30 or more in two of the four periods and shot greater than 50 percent in all but one period.
Stingy defense was central to the Bearkats success as their efficient shooting. The team did not allow the Bulldogs to shoot greater than 31 percent until the final period when the game was well decided.
Their dominance on the other side of the ball was evident from start to finish holding the Bulldogs to 26 percent shooting from the field and forcing 24 turnovers. Those forced turnovers along with second-chance opportunities made up 35 of the team’s 100 points on the night.
The Bearkats will return to action on November 14 looking to go above .500 in their away matchup against Wichita State.