The Sam Houston State womens basketball teams cold streak continued as the team was unable to contain Courtney Duever and Megan Herbert as the Bearkats fell to Central Arkansas 71-51 Saturday in Conway, Ark.
Duever and Herbert scored 23 and 19 points, respectively.
This was the Bearkats third straight loss against Southland Conference opponents; they now hold a 9-4 conference record. The three losses dropped them to third place in the conference behind Oral Roberts and Lamar, two of the three teams they lost to.
UCA was a preseason favorite but are only .500 (7-7) in conference play so far this season.
The Bearkats held an early 9-6 after Britni Martin hit a three early in the game, but the Bears were able to tie the game at 10-10 shortly after. The Bears then went on a 15-2 run to put them up by 13.
With another Martin three pointer, the Bearkats cut the margin to six. The Bears, however, went on a 10-2 run going into halftime and led 37-23 at the break.
SHSU made only one of nine free throws in the first half and shot 32 percent from the field while UCA made six out of six free throws and shot 42 percent from the field.
Sequeena Thomas was the leading scorer for Sam Houston with 14 points and 14 rebounds for her 17th career double-double at Sam Houston. Chanice Smith scored 12 and Martin added 10.
Three point shooting was also a problem for the Bearkats. They made only three of 10 in the second half.
SHSU shot only 35 percent from the floor compared to UCAs 41. The Bearkats also made on four of their 15 free throws, which has not recently been a problem for this Bearkat team. The Bears were able to shoot 78 percent from the free throw line.
The Bearkats will be back at Johnson Coliseum Wednesday to play rival Stephen F. Austin, who stands at seventh in the Southland Conference. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.