Wednesday, Feb. 14 • Huntsville • 6:30 p.m. CT • Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum (6,100)
Sam Houston State (4-18, 1-12 Southland) vs Nicholls (11-12, 6-6 Southland)
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HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State Bearkats will look to keep their hopes for a berth in the Southland Conference Tournament alive on Wednesday when they host Nicholls at Johnson Coliseum.
The game can be watched on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Matt Pedersen and Paul Baxter will have the Valentine’s Day call with the game set to start at 6:30p.m. Live stats are available via Statbroadcast and fans can also get updates as they happen by following @BearkatsWBB on Twitter.
Sam Houston has dropped each of their past five games after its lone league win of the year on Jan. 24 at Southeastern Louisiana, including a pair of heartbreakers to both McNeese and Abilene Christian that were decided in the game’s final minute. It will mark the end of a stretch of four of five games at home for the Kats with contests at both Houston Baptist and New Orleans to follow before the Kats close the season with home games against Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin.
The Bearkats have been led of late by Lydia Baxter who has posted double figures in scoring in each of her last five games, averaging 14.4 points per game in that stretch. She also ranks seventh in the league with 7.2 rebounds per game while her .479 field-goal percentage is fifth best among all qualifying players in the Southland.
Three straight wins for Nicholls has evened up their record in league play, a surge in the standings that included a dominating 81-60 win over Abilene Christian on February 7. Junior guard Cassidy Barrios has led the way for the Colonels and was named the Southland Conference Player of the Week for the third time earlier this week.
She is the only player in the conference to rank in the league’s top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Her latest honor came on the heels of a 26-point, 11-rebound performance against ACU before turning in 21 points and 10 boards against HBU to run her double-double to a league-high 12 this season.
SERIES vs NICHOLLS
Sam Houston owns a 33-20 advantage in the all-time series with the Colonels, despite Nicholls having won three of the last four. Last season Nicholls handed the Kats a 66-59 defeat on the Johnson Coliseum floor and have won each of their last two trips to Huntsville. Sam Houston had won six in a row against Nicholls entering the 2014-15 season.