HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State did not have an answer to Rice on Tuesday night.
The Bearkats were ice cold from behind the arc and could not match the Owls’ physicality, falling 79-50 at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. Sam Houston went 4-of-27 from behind the arc, including missing its first 14 shots, as part of the lopsided loss.
Kiera McKinney provided a lone bright spot, matching her career high in points for the second-straight game with 15. The sophomore, who finished 6-of-12 from the field, also added a pair of blocks.
Three Owls (4-0) finished in double figures including Erica Ogwumike, who registered a double-double while adding 14 rebounds. For the first time this season, Sam Houston (1-2) was out-rebounded with the Owls’ hauling in 44 to the Kats’ 30.
Jenniffer Oramas saw her streak of four-straight games with 10-plus points come to an end as the sophomore was limited to four points on 2-of-9 shoots. For a second-straight game, Oramas led the team in assists with five.
The Kats appeared rejuvenated in the third quarter, shooting 43 percent in the frame. Kevyn Ferriera snapped Sam Houston’s 0-of-14 stretch from 3-point range moments into the period. Sam Houston climbed to within 15 points on a Rachel Harrell 3-pointer with 4:20 remaining in the frame as part of a 10-1 run but the squad would pull no closer.
Sam Houston returns from the Thanksgiving break and is back in action next Wednesday. The squad faces Texas Southern with tipoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The matchup will be third in Sam Houston’s current five-game homestand, which continues through Dec. 12.
Head coach Brenda Nichols on the defeat…
“We’re obviously disappointed with the result. We felt we continued to do a good job in the turnover department but weren’t able to create opportunities against a big and physical Rice team. We’ve got to do a better job making the shots when we have a good look. You can’t come out cold against a team like Rice. We’ll take the positives that we can and look to continue building as a team.”