SHSU splits matches between Incarnate Word and ACU
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 00:01
Sam Houston State’s women’s basketball split their conference weekend road series defeating Incarnate Word and falling to Abilene Christian.
The Bearkats defeated the Cardinals 60-51 Thursday in a come-from-behind effort with junior post Angela Beadle heading the effort.
Beadle tallied 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to cement the Bearkats’ victory.SHSU controlled most of the first half, leading by as many as 10 points with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
SHSU’s made five crucial turnovers, allowing Incarnate Word to chip away at the lead and gain momentum. The Bearkats went into intermission trailing by 10 points, 33-23.
The Cardinals continued to capitalize on their lead, giving themselves a 14-point edge just four minutes into the second half.
The Cardinals committed an early foul, allowing Beadle to drain two free throws to kick start the Bearkats’ offensive momentum for a 17-0 run.
Freshman guard Kristina Smith topped off the run by draining a three-pointer, putting the Bearkats ahead 46-43.
“We put things together in the second half,” head coach Brenda Nichols said. “When everyone does their job and takes care of their role, we can be successful.”
Incarnate Word took the lead again 49-48 with 4:30 left on the clock, but SHSU closed out the contest on a 12-2 run, picking up the conference road victory.
However, SHSU couldn’t pull off another come-from-behind victory, falling 73-67 in Abilene Saturday.
Despite another double-double performance from Beadle with 20 points and 13 rebounds, the Wildcats held the Bearkats off in the final minutes to snatch the victory.
The match was closely played with 14 lead changes and the game tied 16 times.
The Bearkats dominated on the offensive boards in the first half 10-4, but could not turn all of the rebounds into second-chance points.
SHSU jumped out early but couldn’t maintain momentum as they trailed 36-35 at halftime.
SHSU closely nipped at Abilene Christians’ heels with 01:15 left on the clock as they came within four points trailing 71-67.
The last 60 seconds of the game became a battleground where the Bearkats struggled to find their stride, failing to connect on any of their last shots, allowing the Wildcats to take the win.
SHSU will return to Johnson Coliseum Thursday as they play host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a 5:30 p.m. tip off.