Friday, Nov. 17 • Huntsville, Texas • 11:00 a.m. • Johnson Coliseum (6,100)
Sam Houston State (0-1) vs. Wiley College (3-0)
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HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State will tip off its home season on Friday morning.
The Bearkats face Wiley College at 11 a.m. from Johnson Coliseum in the squad’s annual ‘Pack The House’ game. Tickets are on sale for as low as $5 with faculty, staff and students receiving free admission with a valid Bearkat OneCard.
Sam Houston is seeking its first non-conference win since Dec. 14, 2015 when the Bearkats used a jumper with four seconds remaining from Shernise Robertson to knock off Texas Southern, 53-51 in Houston.
Friday’s matchup marks the third time in the last four seasons Sam Houston has opened its home schedule against Wiley. The Kats have dropped previous two matchups. Sam Houston is 5-5 in home openers the last 10 years. The last win came on Nov. 20, 2015 when the Kats downed Our Lady of the Lake, 67-56.
Sam Houston State is coming off a 65-54 loss at Arkansas in its season opener last Friday. The Bearkats held the Razorbacks to five first-quarter points and led by as many as 13 points but could not slow down Arkansas in the second half. Sam Houston out-rebounded the Razorbacks, 51-39, but was outscored by 14 points in the third quarter.
The Bearkats return leading scorer Jenniffer Oramas (9.1 points per game), leading rebounder Lydia Baxter (6.6), leading three-point shooter Rachel Harrell (38) and leading blocker Kiera McKinney (38) among eight total letterwinners to this year’s squad.
Sam Houston is set to play its most home games in program history during 2017-18 with 15 total. The Kats will play four more games at Johnson Coliseum than a season ago.
Wiley College is under the direction of first-year head coach Bianca McGee, who took over the helm after Ashley Walker left to become the head coach at Mississippi Valley State
Friday marks the fifth overall game of the season for the NAIA member and second against a Southland Conference opponent. The Wildcats fell 72-43 at McNeese on Nov. 7, shooting just 24 percent including 4 of 22 from behind the arc
Friday’s game will not count towards Wiley’s record. In games of record, the Wildcats are 3-0, defeating Texas Weslayan and Rust College twice. Last time out, the Wildcats defeated Rust, 57-53 in Holy Springs, Miss. The squad is led by Ty Colquitt, who has scored 31 points for an average of 10.3 points per game. Malachi McQueen is the team leader in rebounds (24).