Archive | November 2013

Bearkat WBB Notches First Win of Season

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

HUNTSVILLE – Senior guard Jasmine Johnson scored a career high 31 points and junior center Angela Beadle posted a career best 19 rebounds to lead Sam Houston to an 83-73 non-conference women’s basketball victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Friday afternoon at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Beadle also scored 14 points.

Jazmin Wiley and Amanda Barnes also were in double figures for the Bearkats, totaling 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The Ragin’ Cajuns were led by Keke Veal with 17 points.

The victory in the home opener for Sam Houston upped the Kats record to 1-2.

Louisiana-Lafayette dropped to 2-1.

The game turned into a free throw fest in the final minutes as the two squads were whistled for a combined 56 fouls.

Johnson was 12-of-17 from the line for the Bearkats.

Sam Houston built a 22 point lead, 57-35, six minutes into the second half after going up 43-33 at intermission.

But the Ragin’ Cajuns came back to cut the margin to seven, 74-67 with 2:33 to play.

The Kats hit seven free throws in the final two minutes to hang on to the victory.

Bearkats WBB Looks For First Win Against UL-Lafayette

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

The defending Southland Conference champion Bearkat women’s basketball team opens its 2013-14 home schedule Friday at 11 a.m. when Sam Houston play host to Louisiana-Lafayette at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

The Bearkat women opened their non-conference schedule last week with a tough road trip to Arkansas.

Sam Houston lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks 81-45 Friday then just missed knocking off a fellow 2013 WNIT participant Arkansas-Little Rock Sunday.

UALR edged the Kats 69-65 after Sam Houston had rallied from 12 points down to cut the margin to three in the final minute.

Two starters and five other lettermen return from last year’s squad that earned SHSU its first Southland women’s basketball regular season championship in 26 years in the league.

The Bearkats made their first Southland tournament finals appearance and earned a berth in the WNIT.

Five veterans comprise the Kats’ starting lineup this season with 6-3 Angela Beadle at the post, 5-10 Nyha Carter at forward and 5-11 Jazmin Wiley, 5-7 Jasmine Johnson and 5-5 Amanda Barnes on the perimeter.

Beadle became the fourth player from Sam Houston to earn all-tournament honors last March in Katy.

Through two games the junior from Austin leads the Kats in both scoring (15.0) and rebounding (6.5).

Johnson is a three-year starter from Missouri City who is averaging 11.5 points per game.

Louisiana-Lafayette brings a 2-0 record into Friday’s contest with wins of 80-68 over Nebraska-Omaha and 72-62 against Southern.

Jasmin Mills, a 6-1 forward, leads the Ragin’ Cajuns with 18.0 points a game.

Friday’s contest is the first of three consecutive home games for the women at Johnson Coliseum.

The Bearkats play host to Houston Baptist Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. and then meet A&M-Commerce in the annual “Pack the House” elementary school game at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.

Tickets for Sam Houston women’s basketball games are available now online at or at the SHSU athletic ticket office in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium.

The ticket office telephone is (936) 294-1729.

Bearkats Rolls Over Nicholls State

Courtesy: Brandon K. Scott/SHSU Athletics

Sam Houston State rolled over Nicholls State on Saturday 49-24 in the final regular season game at Bowers Stadium.

Nicholls received the ball first after winning the coin toss and came up with a field goal on the opening drive.

The Bearkats put up 49 straight points from there, until three fourth quarter touchdowns by Nicholls ended the Colonels dry spell.

Most of the SHSU starters were done playing before the end of the third quarter.

Keshawn Hill ran for two touchdowns in the game, while seniors Richard Sincere and Brian Bell rushed for two more.

The Kats also got scoring from their defense when safety Michael Wade returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter.

SHSU followed that up with screen pass from Bell to Torrance Williams that went 56 yards for a touchdown.

With the Kats leading 42-3 and 8:43 still to go in the third, head coach Willie Fritz put his reserves in the game.

That decision eventually resulted in the first of three fourth quarter touchdowns for the Colonels.

The loss puts Nicholls on a four-game losing streak after opening the season 4-2 with wins against Western Michigan and Northwestern State to open the Southland Conference schedule.

SHSU has won three straight since losing on the road to McNeese State on Oct. 19.

The Bearkats travel to Hammond, La., next week to face Southeastern Louisiana with a share of the Southland Conference championship on the line.