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Smith scores 1,000th point in 68-53 victory

Sports Editor

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 23:02

Chanice Smith scored her 1,000th career point and Sequeena Thomas recorded her 14th career double-double as the Sam Houston State women’s basketball team rolled to their fifth straight win, defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 68-53 on the road.

Smith’s 1,000th point came from a layout assisted by Thomas early in the second half of the game. Smith would finish the game with eight points.

“She needed eight points and got her eight points,” Bearkat head coach Brenda Nichols said. “She had her whole family here to see it, so it was great she was able to do that.”

Sam Houston now has three active players who have 1,000 points or more. Britni Martin and Thomas have both passed that point.

The Bearkats (12-9, 8-1 SLC) trailed by one point going into halftime, but did not have a problem coming back in the second half and dominating the Islanders (1-19, 0-9 SLC). The Kats improved all three of their shooting percentages by at least ten and outscored the Islanders 43-27 in the second half alone.

“It was a grind for us especially in the first half,” Nichols said. “I thought at a time we were getting frustrated, but came out and played much better [in the second half.]”

Thomas pumped out another dominant performance, totaling 14 points and 15 rebounds one game after pulling down her 1,000th rebound.

Jasmine Johnson matched Thomas with 14 points and Martin chipped in 13.

Thomas did not have the only double-double, however. Corpus Christi’s Ashley Darley dropped 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds but it was not enough to get her team a win. The next player closest to Darley was Jessica Jammer, who scored eight points.

The Bearkats now hold a two game lead in the Southland Conference halfway through this year’s conference season.

They will return home Thursday to face McNeese State, the only team within the Southland conference that the Bearkats have lost to.

It will be “Whataburger” Night and the game will tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:45 pm. Both games will be televised on both ESPN3 and the Southland Television Network.

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