HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State closes out a three-game homestand and plays its final game at Johnson Coliseum on Thursday. The Bearkats host McNeese at 5:15 p.m.
Sam Houston is looking to bounce back from a 72-39 loss last Saturday against Abilene Christian. The Bearkats have won three of their last five home games, averaging 68.4 points during that stretch, led by Jenniffer Oramas’s 12.6 points per game and Jasmine McCants’s 11.4.
With two games remaining in the season, the squad is looking to end what has been a challenging season on a high note. Sam Houston dropped its first 17 games of the year before picking up a win on Jan. 28 against Houston Baptist.
Among Sam Houston’s three wins, two have come in the second matchup against a team it was beaten by on the road previously. That Kats hope that will be the case once again, as McNeese handed Sam Houston its second conference loss, 79-56, on Jan. 5.
The Bearkats lead the Southland Conference in defensive rebounds (26.6) and are fourth in rebounding offense (39.0). Sam Houston will look to slow down a McNeese offense that ranks fourth in scoring offense (70.4) while holding opponents to a league-low .294 from behind the 3-point arc.
Individually for the Kats, Kiera McKinney is fourth in the league in blocked shots (34), Oramas is ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.370) as is McCants is ninth in offensive rebounds per game (2.5).
Tickets are still on sale by calling (936) 294-1729 or by visiting GoBearkats.com. The game will be a Pink Out with fans encouraged to wear pink in support of Play4Kay. It will also be the last home game for seniors McCants and Day, who were honored prior to Saturday’s outing.