After the Bearkats winning streak came to an end against the Abilene Christian University Wildcats, the Sam Houston women’s basketball team bounced back by defeating the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros 69-49.
The Bearkats once again got off to a slow start allowing the Vaqueros to lead 20-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Junior guard Damaya Telemaque was the Bearkats leading offensive threat scoring 23 points in 31 minutes of play and shooting 7-15 from the field coming off the bench.
After a slow start, senior guard Faith Cook was substituted off the court late in the first quarter and did not return until the early part of the third quarter.
Despite being down 20-10 early in the second quarter Sam Houston head coach Ravon Justice made defensive adjustments and found themselves in the lead at half-time 31-22 after junior forward Madelyn Batista scored a free throw to end the half.
The Bearkats went on a 21-8 run over the entire stretch of the second quarter.
Both teams went scoreless for almost two minutes at the start of the second half until senior forward Courtney Cleveland scored the first points of the second half with a free throw.
Sam Houston would end the third quarter in the lead by a score of 53-41 after a free-throw scored by sophomore forward Kaylee Jefferson with 58-seconds on the clock.
The Bearkats would continue to add on to their lead in the early part of the fourth quarter and go up by 15 on the Vaqueros 56-41 on a layup scored by Jefferson.
The game would be out of reach for the Vaqueros after Cleveland scored two free throws and the final score was 69-49.
The Bearkats look to continue their good run of form when they play Stephen F. Austin University on Thursday at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum at 6:30 p.m.