Returners highlight Lady Kats squad

The Sam Houston State women’s basketball team returns nine players form last year’s 7-20 team. But this year is different because they have a new head coach and are headed in a new direction.

James “Wooly” Hatchell comes to SHSU from Rice University were he has been an assistant coach for the past ten seasons.

Hatchell played a major role in building the Rice program that has rolled up a ten-year record of 170 wins and 120 losses that includes four post-season tournament appearances.

Hatchell said, “I am thrilled to be a Bearkat.” Sam Houston State has the leadership it needs to win games this year with the returning players form last year’s team.

Senior Stacy Allen, a three-year letterman at the guard position is back. She begins her senior season ranked 10th in all-time SHSU women’s scoring with 898 points.

Allen averaged 14.7 points in the first 11 games last year before missing the final half of the season with a knee injury. That was her second knee injury here at SHSU.

In 2000-01 season, Allen was the team’s second leading scorer with 16.8 points and played 40 minutes in 11 of 16 SLC games, missing only 49 minutes of a possible 800 in league play.

“I believe we could have a good season if we can stay healthy throughout the whole season,” said Allen.

Senior Lee Shea, a forward from Grayson County College, played in 21 games as a junior last season, averaging 8.8 minutes, 2 points and 2 rebounds per game. Her high game was 10 points at Oklahoma last year.

Sophomore Stephanie Trachier, a guard, started 17 games and appeared in nine others as a true freshman last season averaging 34.8 minutes, 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

She was honored as SLC “Player of the Week” last season after scoring 24 points against Louisiana-Monroe and 16 points in an overtime victory over Northwestern State.

Sophomore Katrina Barclay, a forward, was the third leading scorer for the Bearkats last year as a true freshman. She played in all 27 contests, starting 22 times, averaging 24.3 minutes per game, scoring 7.6 points and averaging 4.3 rebounds per game. Her high game was 17 points against UTA.

“We need to be tougher and play defensive,” said Hatchell.

The Bearkats non-conference schedule includes road games against LSU, Southern Mississippi, Oklahoma State and Baylor.

The Kats open Southland Conference play at home against Nicholls State on Jan. 8.

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