Lady Kats lose four players, game on Saturday

Sam Houston State women’s basketball coach Erika Ritter says she is tired of losing. After a close 67-60 loss to Louisiana Monroe last Thursday, she thought her team would have a legitimate shot at beating Northwestern State in a 4 p.m. showdown in Johnson Coliseum on Saturday.Unfortunately, she was wrong.Four Lady Kats fouled out, leaving only four on the floor the last 28 seconds of the game as Sam Houston State (3-10 in the Southland Conference, 4-16 overall) dropped an ugly 73-57 contest to the Lady Demons in front of a small home crowd of 232.”They’re tired of losing and I don’t blame them, I’m tired of losing,” a frustrated Ritter said of her bunch. “We knew time was going to come that we were going to have a game that we are in foul trouble. Unfortunately, it was tonight against a team I thought we had a chance to beat.”Constant whistles led to the early departure of Lady Kats Rotasha Allison, Kandance Wells, Brenda Abakwue and Stacy Allen. Seeing as how Sam Houston had only eight players healthy enough to play, no one was left on the bench to turn to. Lady Demon coach James Smith elected to take one of his players off the court. But the damage was already done.Despite only trailing 35-27 at halftime, the constant fouls and a miserable 26.8 shooting percentage from the field in the second half doomed the Lady Kats down the stretch. With the whistle making more noise than the fans most of game, Ritter said her team played non-aggressively in fear of being called for a foul.”Everything we tried to do boom we get called for a foul.” said Ritter. “It’s like getting slapped in the face everytime you try to eat a piece of chocolate or something, your mom hits you. That’s what we felt like out there. If you hit the kid enough times, he’s going to back off and shy away. That’s what happened. We got slapped in the face too many times tonight.”Ritter did say, however, that she was more upset with the situation than with the officiating.”We definitely couldn’t get any momentum going because of the foul trouble,” she said. “It was definitely working against us. I don’t thing (the officiating) was that poor. I think those charges were charges and I think those over the back calls were over the back calls, so I have no problem with the officiating.”One of the only positives coming out of the game for Sam Houston was the play of post player Olivia Villanueva, who finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Allison and Abakwue scored 13 and 11 points respectively before fouling out. Allen and Wells both pitched in with six.Allen did have a strong performance last Thursday against second place Monroe, as she scored a career-high 27 points. Abakwue also played spectacular, adding 15 points and 14 rebounds.Sam Houston returns to action this Thursday in Johnson Coliseum with a 5:30 p.m. matchup with Lamar.

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