HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State men’s and women’s basketball returns to the court on Sunday with fans having the opportunity to contribute towards a good cause.
The Bearkats will do their part to aid hurricane relief across Texas as the women face LSU-Alexandria at 3 p.m. followed by the men taking on UTSA at 6:15 p.m. The doubleheader is presented by Huntsville Memorial Hospital with all proceeds going towards the Greater Houston Community Fund.
Admission will be on a donation basis with a minimum $5 donation getting fans into both games. All seating will be general admission. The first 150 students will receive complimentary admission courtesy of donations from coaches Jason Hooten and Brenda Nichols.
Students will need to swipe their Bearkat OneCard on game day for admission and can do so at Doors 26 and 27 with gates opening at 2 p.m., one hour prior to tip of the first game.
The Sam Houston women return a bulk of their production from a season ago including eight of 10 players who played in 20-plus games. In fact, Sam Houston returners contributed 75 percent of the team’s points and season ago and 65 percent of rebounds.
Meanwhile, the men, who were picked to finish fifth in the league, return six lettermen from a season ago including starters John Dewey III and Christopher Galbreath Jr. Dewey was named preseason all-conference second team after averaging 10.1 points per game and finishing second in the league for assists a season ago.
The game against the Roadrunners and Generals serve as the lone warmup for each team leading into the 2017-18 season. The women open their season on Nov. 10 at Arkansas while the men host UT Tyler on Nov. 11. Season tickets are currently on sale by calling the ticket office at (936) 294-1729.
Head coach Brenda Nichols on giving back to a worthy cause… “I think it’s awesome. We’ve been giving back with several different efforts. We’ve done backpacks for kids and we repaired houses in Spring after Hurricane Harvey. All of our kids have gotten to experience and be a part of it. It’s amazing for our kids to give back.”
Head coach Brenda Nichols on the progress of preseason practice… “We’ve seen a lot of ups and downs. We had a 5 a.m. practice this morning. We want our kids to be tough. Our kids can play at any time of the day. We are showing some improvement. We want to be playing better. Now, we’re ready to see something different besides themselves and see how we look.”
Head coach Brenda Nichols on playing a doubleheader with the men… “I think a lot of people will come out and see both of us together. I think the fans love a good doubleheader at home. I am excited because my cousin (Paige Troutman) plays for LSUA. We’ll have a lot of family from Louisiana coming in on my dad’s side.”
Head coach Jason Hooten on being able to contribute to hurricane relief… “Obviously there has been a ton of devastation to the area, especially so close to our community. This is a great way for us to do our part and help out. Our team went down to the affected area after the storm to help how we could, and seeing the devastation was very humbling.”
Head coach Jason Hooten on being able the excitement of the team to get started… “Our guys are ready to get on the court and play against someone in another jersey, just like all teams are at this point of the year. We have so many new guys and every opportunity for us to get them on the floor, especially in game situations, helps us get closer to where we want to be when conference play starts.”