CONWAY, Ark. – Sam Houston limited its turnovers but could not overcome Central Arkansas’ potent offense in a 78-45 loss on Wednesday night from the Farris Center.
Four Central Arkansas (20-4, 12-2 Southland) players tallied double-digits while Taylor Sells added eight assists. The Bearkats (2-21, 2-11 SLC) were led by Angela Delaney’s 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting. Lydia Baxter matched a career-high with three blocks.
Sam Houston closes out its brief two-game road trip on Saturday at Incarnate Word. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Bearkats return home next Thursday and begin a three-game home stand against Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sam Houston’s Angela Delaney hit a pull-up jumper to give the Bearkats an early 8-7 lead but the Bears would go on a 15-0 run over the last 4 ½ minutes to break the doors open in the opening quarter.
Central Arkansas extended its lead in the second quarter, using an 8-0 burst to jump out to a 51-24 advantage. The Bears outscored Sam Houston by nine in the second period as the Kats were unable to slow down senior Brianna Mullins who registered 17 points on the night.
After draining seven 3-pointers in Saturday’s win against Houston Baptist, the Bearkats were held without a trey for only the second time this season. The Bears, who entered the matchup ranked sixth in the country in scoring defense limited Sam Houston to 32 percent shooting on the night.
The Kats were ineffective in slowing down UCA in the third, permitting 20 points highlighted by another 8-0 run. Freshman Kiera McKinney added six points in the frame for the Bearkats but Sam Houston faced a 30-point deficit entering the final quarter.