Turnovers hinder Bearkats in 70-45 loss against Lamar
Published: Monday, February 10, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014 22:02
Turnovers were in surplus for Sam Houston State University as the Lady Bearkats committed 22 to hand over the game to Lamar University 70-45 Saturday at Johnson Coliseum.
The loss brings the Bearkats to 5-6 in Southland Conference play, making the bid to the SLC tournament seem a little more out of reach.
SHSU had an impressive first half against a well-equipped Cardinals’ squad, heading to the locker rooms even at 25-25.
But the game was a tale of two halves.
Lamar started the second half hot with no desire of being cooled down. The Cardinals went on a 7-0 run before the Bearkats woke up. Although the Bearkats clawed at the Cardinals, Lamar took off on a 15-0 run to bring the lead to 51-35 and didn’t look back.
Amanda Barnes gave the ball on a platter to the Cardinals, turning over the ball five times in the second half and eight times overall. SHSU turned the ball over 14 times in the second half to give Lamar 10 second-half fast break points.
“We played great defense,” Cardinals’ head coach Robin Harmony said. “We made offense with our defense.”
Kiandra Bowers led the Cardinals’ surge with a career-high 17 points, accompanied by teammate Gia Ayers’ 16 points.
Angela Beadle put up 12 points and 17 rebounds, but was 3-7 from the floor. Beadle never got help from buzzer-beater star Jasmine Johnson, who struggled to find her niche and finished the game 3-14 from the floor and 0-4 from behind the arc.
“We got to shoot better than 27 percent,” head coach Brenda Nicholls said. “All-in-all, Beadle came out and did her job.”
SHSU falls to tenth in SLC standings and four games back from conference leader Central Arkansas.
“We’re still in this race,” Nicholls said.
The Bearkats will finish their home stretch with a pair of matches at Johnson Coliseum. SHSU will take on Northwestern State Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Stephen F. Austin State Saturday at 1:30 p.m.