CORPUS CHRISTI – The Sam Houston Bearkats hung on in the first half but a second-half surge from the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders was too much to overcome as they fell, 76-61, Wednesday night at the Dugan Wellness Center.
Sam Houston (7-7, 2-2 SLC) only trailed by two at the
The Bearkats had three players score in double figures with Kiera McKinney leading the way with a season-high 14 points. She was followed by teammates Jaylonn Walker (13 points) and Amber Leggett (10 points).
Leggett scored all of her points in the first half and added seven boards, two blocks and three steals. Walker added six boards, five assists
Dominique Maxwell fouled, out but not before collecting seven rebounds and going 3-for-4 from the free-throw line
HOW IT HAPPENED
Leggett had two steals early in the first quarter to set a defensive tone for the entire team.
The first half was very physical for both teams, the Bearkats beat out the Islanders on the offensive boards 14-3 to stay within a basket at the half (31-29).
The Bearkats got plenty of shots up in the first half as a result of their work on the offensive glass, taking 38 field attempts, with a majority of them coming inside the 3-point line.
While Sam Houston struggled to score in the second quarter going on a more than three-minute scoring drought, Leggett snapped that cold spell by scoring three straight baskets for the Bearkats.
The scoring burst for Leggett put the team up 24-21 and was a part of her excellent first half in which she scored 10 points to go along with two boards and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
The second half did not go the way the Bearkats hoped, despite their more efficient shooting. The team shot 41 percent in the quarter, but the Islanders would be even more efficient, knocking down 52 percent of their attempts.
The fourth quarter saw the Kats defense improve significantly, holding AMCC to 21 percent shooting in the quarter; however, the team could not overcome their own shooting woes, shooting 26 percent in the quarter and 29 percent for the game.
The Bearkats will be back in action on Saturday and they look to bounce back and put their record back over .500 as they face Houston Baptist University. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m. from the Sharp Gym in Houston.