HUNTSVILLE - The Sam Houston State Bearkats got off to a hot start, but could not keep it going as the UIW Cardinals handed them their sixth consecutive defeat, 56-49, on Saturday afternoon at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
Sam Houston (3-9, 0-3 SLC) got 16 points and seven rebounds from Lydia Baxter, along with 11 points and four assists from Tia Harston; however, the Kats were held to just 20 percent shooting in the middle quarters as the Cardinals (3-11, 2-1 SLC) took control of the game to earn their second win of league play.
The Kats opened the game on a 12-2 run and still led 17-13 at the end of the opening quarter despite the Cardinals scoring 11 of the quarters' final 16 points. But it was a different story in the second quarter when the Kats hit just three of their 13 tries from the floor while UIW outscored them 19-6 in the final eight minutes to go into the locker room up 32-27.
UIW's Gabbi Bowie had 14 of her team-high 18 points in the opening half, but it was the shooting of Kara Speer which kept UIW out in front in the second half. The freshman guard hit four of UIW's eight 3-point baskets in the second half to account for all 12 of her points.
The Kats forced 24 UIW turnovers on the day and hit 13 of 15 tries at the foul line; however, Sam Houston committed 23 turnovers of its own and hit just two of its 11 3-point attempts.
Sam Houston will look to crack the win column in Southland play on Wednesday when it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday night at Johnson Coliseum.