The Sam Houston State Bearkats scored season lows of 13 points in the first half, 37 points total, in a 63-37 loss to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Saturday afternoon at Johnson Coliseum.
Things went out of hand quickly as the Kats fell behind 15-5 after the first quarter and the team couldn’t recover from the deficit. The Bearkats scored a total of five points in the first quarter, eight points in the second quarter, seven points in the third and closed out with 17 in the fourth.
“We should have been ready,” freshman guard Rachel Harrell said. “ We let them get ahead and we weren’t able to catch up. In the fourth quarter, we kind of picked it up and started scoring some more.”
SHSU struggled from the field all game, shooting 23% percent (13-56 FG) and allowed thirteen points off of 13 turnovers.
“There were times that we should’ve capitalized on more such as executing plays and communicating more on defense,” sophomore forward Lydia Baxter said. “On offense I feel like we had open looks, but we didn’t put the ball in the hole.”
Flashback to SHSU’s previous game against Lamar on Jan. 18, the Kats finished the game with a total of 31 turnovers, 14 of which coming in the first quarter alone. Saturday’s game was different though as the Kats limited their turnovers to 13. Head coach Brenda Welch-Nichols was happy with the way her team handled the ball.
“I am so excited we only had thirteen turnovers,” Welch- Nichols said. “That’s a positive right there. 13 turnovers is big, we have been turning the ball over twenty something times a game, and to not back down is great. I just wish we could put the ball in the hole.”
The Islanders three point shot is what put the Bearkats to sleep, and what gave the Kats their 17 straight loss. The Islanders had a red-hot shooting hand all game, shooting 56 percent (9-16 3FG) from behind the arc. However, the Bearkats shot 36 percent (4-11 3FG).
“We knew what they were going to do,” Welch-Nichols said. “ I think our game plan was good, we just kind of let them get hot.
With the loss, the Bearkats’ struggles continue. The team now holds an 0-17 overall record and are 0-7 in Southland Conference play. SHSU will have a week to practice and study before the team hits the court again on Jan 28 to take on the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions at Johnson Coliseum.
Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. CT.