HUNTSVILLE - The Sam Houston State Bearkat women’s basketball team won a tough, gritty game against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 77-73, at Johnson Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
The Bearkats (2-0) trailed 37-34 heading into halftime, but a big third quarter put the Bearkats up by six and they never looked back.
Amber Leggett had a double-double with 21 points, setting a new career high in rebounds with 11 and had six steals to lead the Bearkats to victory.
Jenniffer Oramas added 12 points, seven assists and seven rebounds while La’Sha Haynes, Kiera McKinney and Jaylonn Walker all had 8 points. The bench added 24 points to help fuel the Bearkats win.
The Kats’ defense held the Cajuns to 37 percent shooting from the field and 14 percent shooting from 3-point range, which led to the Kats taking control of the game throughout the second half.
How It Happened
- The Kats got an early start, going up 4-0 early in the first quarter, but a 10-0 run put the Cajuns in front for the rest of the first half and built as much as a 5-point lead in the opening period.
- Fouls marred the game throughout the afternoon, beginning in the opening half when the Kats hit 9-for-15 from the line and the Cajuns were 13-for-21.
- Sam Houston’s defense swarmed around the ball, totaling six steals and a pair of blocks. They capitalized well of these stops, scoring seven points off of the stops.
- Neither team was able to get it going from 3-point range with the teams combining for just one make on 10 tries from long distance.
-The Kats started the half well with the perimeter shot, going 3 of 4 from three. Leggett, Rachel Harrell and Walker all hit 3-pointers at the start of the third quarter.
-SHSU got a boost of momentum just prior to the third quarter buzzer when Oramas found Leggett in the right corner for a triple just before the horn that gave the Kats a 56-50 lead going to the final quarter.
-The Kats greatly improved their shooting, going 14-24 from the field and 4-5 from three in the second half.
- SHSU built its lead up to as much as 11 in the final quarter, but the Cajuns continued to hang around and eventually got the margin down to as little as four in the game’s final minute before Oramas and Faith Cook were able to seal it from the foul line.