SHSU women’s basketball tipoff against Nicholls State tonight

Sam Houston State women’s basketball team will look for its third Southland Conference win of the season today against Nicholls State.

This is the last of the three-straight Louisiana away games for the Bearkats after splitting games between Southeastern Louisiana and University of New Orleans.

The 3-11 Bearkats are coming off a 75-59 win over SLC foe New Orleans this past Saturday. Although the Kats are 1-9 in non-conference games, they are still 2-2 in the SLC, so their season can be saved if the Kats turn things around as SLC play gets deeper.

Junior guard Shernise Robertson leads all Kats in scoring, averaging 15.4 points a game. Sophomore guard Taylor Dorsey is right behind her averaging 12.6 points a game. The Kats have relied heavily on the guard positions this season as senior post Angela Beadle is still recovering from her injury.

In SLC play, Nicholls St. is 2-1 coming off back-to-back wins over Houston Baptist and Abilene Christian. The Colonels are also below .500 as they have recorded a 6-8 record so far in the 2014-2015 season. Junior guard Emani White leads the Colonels with 15.3 points a game, and senior guard Jenny Nash follows with 13.4 points a game.

The showdown tonight between the Kats and Colonels lines up to be a scoring shootout between the guards. There is no doubt the post play between the two teams will be a key factor in the game as well. The Colonels average nearly seven rebounds less than their opponents each game, and the Kats average three rebounds less than their opponents.  Kats junior post Shadijah Moore leads the team with seven rebounds per game as the Colonels’ Nash leads the team with just over six a game.

“We need to keep improving on the little things,” SHSU coach Brenda Nicholls said. “Crashing the boards, limiting the turnovers, and playing smart.”

Nicholls believes that another issue for the Kats this season has been staying healthy, as multiple Kats have battled injuries.

Tip-off for tonight’s match is set for 6 p.m at Stopher Gym in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

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