The Kats fell 63-50 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum.
The Bearkats came out flat and with a lack of energy on the defensive end in the first half. The Kats defense is allowing too many offensive rebounds to the Islanders.
The Kats gave up five second-chance points off five offensive rebounds in the first half.
The Kats trailed 28-16 at the half.
The Kats need to tighten up their perimeter defense allowing too many open three-pointers in the first half. The Islanders are shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the arc.
The Bearkats offense struggled in the first half shooting 18.5 percent from the field. “We have to play better basketball,” head coach Brenda Welch-Nichols said. “We got to execute our game.”
The Kats also need to get their leader junior guard Shernise Robertson going. Robertson only has five points and four turnovers in the first half. Robertson finished the game with 18 points.
The Kats need to limit turnovers. The Kats gave seven points off eight turnovers. “Turnovers all year long have been hurting us,” Nichols said.
The Kats need to have better ball movement to get better open shots. The Kats post need to offensive rebound off missed shots.
The Kats came out with more intensity in the second half. The Kats defense came out the half rebounding better and limiting shots.
The Kats offense came out the half red-hot with a 10-2 run led by guard Shernise Robertson. The Bearkats got out in transition and got some easy points in the second half. The Kats offense started to move the ball around to get easy shots.
Despite the hot start in the second half, it wasn’t enough to get the SLC win.
The Lady Kats play Abilene Christian next Thursday at 6:30 p.m in the Johnson Coliseum.