Two is better than one, and for Sam Houston State women’s basketball, that proved true as the Bearkats topped Houston Baptist 74- 67 Saturday at Johnson Coliseum.
The duo of junior guard Shernise Robertson and sophomore guard Taylor Dorsey were unstoppable for the Bearkats. The two combined for 50 points, shooting 12-21 as a pair.
“Yesterday in practice my coach was saying how Shernise does it by herself,” Dorsey said. “That motivated me to pick it up because she does it by herself. We can’t leave her hanging.”
The Huskies scored first on the game and had no intention of giving up the lead. The Kats were not able to pull even until midway through the second half at 50-50. Backed by Robertson and Dorsey, the Kats were able to regroup and get the Southland Conference win.
“We were a little mentally down in the first half, but all-in-all we came back and did a good job,” head coach Brenda Nicholls said.
Robertson had a slow start, going 1-5 in the first half from the floor. She was perfect from the free throw line at 8-8 in the first half before taking off in the second. She finished the game with 28 points, shooting 50 percent and going 16-17 from the free throw line.
Dorsey took some of the load off Robertson’s hot hands with 22 points on the day. She shot 7-11 from the floor and 7-10 from the charity stripe.
“I know Taylor can do this,” Robertson said. “We were just waiting for her to step up big like she did today. We need that every game.”
Nicholls stressed that SHSU’s post game needs to improve for further SLC success.
“We told our team that one person can’t do this alone,” Nicholls said. “We got one today, we need another one the next game. If we can get the post players to do the same thing, we can be great.”
The win improves the Kats’ SLC record to 5-4 as the Huskies fall to 3-6 on the season.
The Bearkats will be idle during the week before hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi next Saturday. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.