Lincoln, Nebr. - Down by 31 points with 6:34 left in the first half and trailing 53-29 at intermission, the Sam Houston women's basketball team fought back to make it game with Nebraska Tuesday night.

All three Bearkat seniors scored in double figures as the SHSU women cut the Cornhusker lead to 11 points before eventually falling 88-72. Sam Houston outscored Nebraska 43-32 in the second period.

Chanice Smith scored 21 points including four three-point baskets. Sequeena Thomas also scored 21 and pulled down 12 rebounds. Britni Martin added 16 points and six assists.

"Our seniors came up huge for us. They were true warriors," SHSU women's coach Brenda Nichols said. "After letting the game get away from us early, we fought back to play championship basketball for 30 minutes. It was an outstanding job by the Bearkats."

The Cornhuskers lifted their record to 4-1 for the year. Sam Houston stands 1-3.

Nebraska's talented inside game made the difference as the Cornhuskers out-rebounded Sam Houston 50-37 and out-score the Kats in the paint 46-22.

Jazmin Wiley added eight points.

Sam Houston had an outstanding night from the field, going 26-of-63 for 41.3 per cent.

The Bearkats take time off for Thanksgiving, then open regular season play at Johnson Coliseum Friday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. with the annual "Pack the House" game against A&M-Commerce