Saturday, Feb. 10 • Huntsville, Texas • 3:00 p.m. • Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum (6,100)
Sam Houston State (4-17, 1-11 Southland) vs Lamar (16-6, 11-1 Southland)
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HUNTSVILLE- The Sam Houston State Bearkats will try to take down the top dog in the Southland Conference when they face off against Lamar on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Coliseum.
The game can be watched online on ESPN3 HERE or on the WatchESPN app with Sam Leavitt on the call and former Bearkat men's star Paul Baxter providing analysis. Live stats will be available HERE while fans can also get updates as they happen by following @BearkatsWBB on Twitter.
The Kats will look too take down top-ranked Lamar in a game that would go a long way in the Bearkat quest for a berth in the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy next month.
Brenda Nichols’ and her squad led late in the third period on Wednesday at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, but were outscored 26-11 by the Islanders to close the game, including a 14-4 run in the final minutes to pick up a 62-48 victory. Lydia Baxter continued her string of excellent games with another dominant performance evidenced by her 16 points and 13 boards.
The Cardinals sit atop the Southland so far this season winning 11 of their first 12 games to put them in the driver’s seat for the regular season title with six games left. Lamar leads all Southland members in points per contest with 79.0 and outscores their opponents by an average of 16.6 points a game, a mark second to Stephen F. Austin.
The Bearkats have picked up their play as of late with three straight games that have came down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but have failed to pick up a win in that stretch.
Baxter has been on a mission as of late, scoring in double-digits in four straight matches while putting up a double-double in two of those matches. Rachel Harrell has also began to heat up from behind the arc canning two triples in the last three games, including four against Abilene Christian.
Chastadie Barrs, who has put up three triple-double performances on the year, is the juice of the Cardinal squad as she leads the league in assists (6.6) and is tops in the nation in steals (6.4) while also scoring 12.3 points a game. Moe Kinard is the leading scorer for the Cardinals averaging the third highest points per game at 16.7. Kiandra Bowers has been a major post presence for the Cardinals as she nearly averages a double-double (10.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg) while shooting a league high 58.2 percent from the field.
SERIES vs Lamar
Lamar holds a 34-27 lead in the series over the Kats that dates back to the 1970-71 season. When the Kats squared off against the Cardinals earlier in the year in Beaumont, The Lamar Cardinals raced out to a 25-point halftime lead and added on in the second half, handing the Sam Houston State Bearkats a 91-44 defeat. Chastadie Barrs, one of the four Cardinals in double figures, was two assists away from her fourth triple-double on the year with 21 points and 11 swipes. Rachel Harrell was the leading scorer for the Kats with 11 points thanks to a trio of triples.