HUNTSVILLE- Central Arkansas was powered by the likes of Taylor Baudoin and Kamry Orr to power past Sam Houston 73-53 Wednesday night at Johnson Coliseum.
Despite leading 12-5 after the first period, Sam Houston (4-22, 1-16 SLC) was outscored 68-41 by Central Arkansas (20-8, 13-4 SLC) as they scored more than 22 points in each of the final three periods to handle the Kats.
Jenniffer Oramas led the scoring attack for the Bearkats as she was the only Kat in double-digits with 14 points. Kiera McKinney and Anastacia Mickens added nine points apiece. No Kat had more than five boards as Sam Houston was outrebounded 36-30 on the night.
Taylor Baudoin scored a game-high 26 points to go along with her eight points while Kamry Orr stuffed the stat sheet for the Sugar Bears with 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. Kierra Jordan was a force in the paint as the only other Sugar Bear in double digits as she achieved a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
The Kats will wrap up their 2017-18 campaign as they kick off the Pineywoods doubleheader at Johnson Coliseum Saturday with tip-off set for 4:30 p.m. against Stephen F. Austin.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST HALF
The Kats got off to a quick start against the Sugar Bears as they used a 7-1 run to close out the first period leading 12-7. The Kats were powered by five different players who scored in the first period with Ashleigh Cooper scoring the first four Sam Houston points.
The Sugar Bears flipped the script to close out the second half as they scored 12 points in the paint in the quarter and captured the lead for the rest of the match after a Maddie Goodner triple with six minutes remaining before the halftime break.
Goodner’s triple started a 11-6 run to close out the half with the Sugar Bears on top 28-21 after the first twenty minutes. Both teams shot an identical 37 percent from the floor in the first half, but the Sugar Bears took advantage of the Sam Houston fouls as they drained nine freebies compared to one Bearkat free throw.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE SECOND HALF
Oramas opened the second half with a three-point play for Sam Houston as they cut the lead all the way to four after a Mickens layup with six minutes remaining. The Sugar Bears quickly nipped the Kats comeback attempt in the bud as they went on to score 10 unanswered points in the next two and a half minutes and 20 points overall in the last six minutes to capture a 51-33 lead going into the final period.
Orr opened up the final period with the Sugar Bears fourth triple in the second half to push the lead to 21, Jada Ballew would answer back on the ensuing Bearkat possession with a trifecta of her own, but the Oramas and the Kats couldn’t cut into the lead despite her seven final quarter points as Central Arkansas used seven fourth-quarter free throws to outscore the Kats 22-20 in the final period to capture the 73-53 win.
Both teams battled hard in the paint with Central Arkansas holding the narrow points in the paint advantage 28-26, but Central Arkansas scored 10 fast break points compared to Sam Houston’s zero. Central Arkansas showed why they were one of the top teams in the Southland as they shot an impressive 58 percent from the floor in the second half compared to Sam Houston’s 41 percent clip.