Seniors shine in final home women's basketball game
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 8, 2013 14:03
The three led the Sam Houston State women’s basketball team to a 93-75 victory over Southeastern Louisiana (17-10, 9-7 SLC) Saturday afternoon in Johnson Coliseum.
“What a great group of young ladies,” Kats head coach Brenda Nichols said. “It’s been a crazy ride. We’ve had ups and downs and today was just fun.”
The Bearkats (16-12, 12-4 SLC) are now only two wins away from bringing home the program’s first conference championship in their 26 years in the Southland Conference. The Kats gained sole possession of first place when Oral Roberts defeated Lamar 62-55 Saturday.
Sam Houston never trailed in the game and held the Lions scoreless until the 14:58 minute mark, where the Bearkats already held an 11-0 advantage.
Martin led the Bearkats in scoring with 16 points, passing the 1,750 point mark and making it her 95th game in the double digits. Thomas had 11 points and 11 rebounds, her 18th of the season and a school record 50th overall. Smith was one of five Bearkats who were in the double digits.
Smith scored 10, Jasmine Johnson scored 12 and Sally Clavelle scored 13.
Minutes before halftime, Johnson ignited with two consecutive three pointers, putting the Kats up 29-15. As time expired in the first half, Martin assisted Victoria Gonzalez on a layup to put SHSU up 43-28 going into the break.
The Bearkats led by as much as 31 points late in the last home game of the season.
“A lot of tears will be cried,” Nichols said. “There’re no tears right now. We have a lot of basketball to play.”
The first place Kats will end the season with two road games at Stephen F. Austin Thursday night and Northwestern State Saturday afternoon. The team has never finished higher than third place in their Southland Conference history.
“It’s all in our hands,” Nichols said. “We just have to do our job.”
If the Bearkats win out, they will be the undisputed champions of the Southland Conference. If SHSU wins only one of their next two games and Oral Roberts wins their final game, the Bearkats will split the conference championship with the Golden Eagles.