BEAUMONT – For a second straight outing against Lamar, Sam Houston State turnovers proved costly, as the Cardinals overwhelmed the Bearkats, 84-51, at the Montagne Center on Thursday night.
Sam Houston (1-20, 1-10 Southland) was plagued by 27 turnovers, resulting in 47 Lamar (17-5, 10-2 SLC) points. The Kats allowed 27 first-quarter points and were dominated inside as the Cardinals outscored Sam Houston by 31 inside the paint.
The Bearkats were led by Angela Delaney’s 12 points on 3-of-8 shooting. Sam Houston drained a season-high eight 3-pointers. Jenniffer Oramas added nine points, all coming in the second half, while Rachel Harrell totaled nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.
The Kats will look to crack the win column for a second time back at home on Saturday against Houston Baptist. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. between the league foes.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lamar forced eight first-quarter turnovers and showed its dominance inside, scoring 16 points in the paint. Morghen Day drilled a 3-pointer with 8:06 in the first quarter to cut it to a one-point game but the Cardinals but Lamar struck for the next seven points and led by 17 through 10 minutes.
Day matched her season high, hitting her second trey of the game with 7:54 in the second, trimming the Cardinals’ advantage to 14 points entering the first media timeout. The Bearkats held the Cardinals to just one point through the first 5 ½ minutes of the second period.
During that time, however, Sam Houston was only able to tally seven points and Lamar’s Baileigh O’Deall drained a 3-pointer with 4:12 to play in the half, snapping the drought. Just over a minute later, Moe Minard added a trey of her own, pushing the lead back to 17 points.
Angela Delaney added nine first half points, well on her way to a fourth straight double-digit performance but the Bearkats hit just five buckets in 37 possessions in the opening 20 minutes. The Cardinals turned 16 Sam Houston turnovers into 25 points.
Lamar put its foot on the pedal to begin the third quarter, outscoring Sam Houston, 12-2 to begin the frame including a DeA’ngela Mathis 3-pointer to extend the lead to 28 points.
Oramas halted the streak temporarily, driving to the basket and banking in the bucket while drawing the foul. However, the Cardinals would soon added a pair of 3-point possessions of their own and force three straight turnovers resulting in six points.
The Bearkats were outscored by 23 points in the third quarter, holding Sam Houston to a pair of field goals, both coming from Oramas. The freshman added her first 3-pointer of the game to begin the third and Hartson added a trey of her own on the following possession.
The Kats continued the hot streak from downtown as Rachel Harrell hit from downtown on consecutive possessions. The trey helped the Kats match a season-high with seven 3-pointers made.