SHSU WBB defeats TAMU-CC, falls to HBU
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 23:02
There was a block party in Johnson Coliseum Thursday as Sam Houston State’s women’s basketball team edged out Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 79-76.
Junior post Angela Beadlebrought the casserole by batting down three of the Islanders’ shot attempts in the closing minutes of the contest, helping lead the Bearkats to another Southland Conference victory.
Head coach Brenda Nichols said she didn’t expect anything less from Beadle.
“With Beadle’s size, skill, and experience she has to really contribute to this team,” she said. “When the going gets tough, she’s got to step up.”
In the first half, the Bearkats led up until a 3-2 score, just barely two minutes into the game. After that, SHSU was held back as they committed 10 turnovers in the first half.
SHSU’s fouls also gave TAMU-CC’s offense more ammo as they made 23 trips to the charity stripe in the first half alone. SHSU was only present four times at the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes.
The biggest lead the Islanders held over the Bearkats was an 8-19, 11-point lead. However, SHSU managed to whittle it down to close the half down 45-39.
By the second half, with 7:40 left on the clock, the Bearkats took a 61-58 lead with Amanda Barnesdraining a 3-pointer. They continued to build on their momentum, leading by as many as nine points before the Islanders reignited their offense.
TAMU-CC cut the advantage to one point with 1:43 on the game clock, but two late Islander fouls sent senior guard Jasmine Johnsonand Beadle to the free throw line.
Both Johnson and Beadle connected on their free throws, giving the Bearkats another last-minute, thrilling victory.
“We’ll get the name ‘the comeback kids’,” Johnson said.
However, SHSU couldn’t muster up their ‘comeback kid’ style of play as Houston Baptist stole the conference win 63-62 on Saturday.
The Bearkats ran the tables in the first 20 minutes while the Huskies struggled to gain an advantage. Beadle was in full force against HBU as she tallied 20 points and 15 rebounds. SHSU shot nearly 40 percent during the first half, reaching a lead of nine points with 10:46 remaining in the first half.
The Huskies pulled together four straight easy lay-ups, quickly cutting the Bearkats lead to one late in the first. Split free throws gave the Bearkats a two-point advantage heading into the locker rooms leading 29-27.
HBU turned the tables on SHSU in the second half.
The Huskie defense came out white-hot, holding the Bearkats to a 25 percent field goal percentage for the half.SHSU was rendered scoreless for eight minutes in the second half while HBU was building on an 11-point lead.
With 6:22 remaining in the contest, Beadle pulled in a three-point play on the foul to kick start the Bearkat offense.
With just over two minutes remaining, junior guard Summer Fifedrained a momentous three-pointer, giving the Bearkats a slim one-point lead. HBU answered the SHSU play and snatched the lead back and held on to it for the next minute and a half.
With the seconds waning, Barnes sank a buzzer-beating shot several feet behind the three-point arch.
But it wasn’t enough to get the victory.
“We’ve got to take care of the little things,” Nichols said. “Some of the little things came back to bite us today.”
SHSU now sits 5-5 in Southland Conference play, and will return to the floor against Lamar on Saturday.