Johnson’s Clutch Play Leads SHSU To Win
Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information
Hammond, La. – Angela Beadle posted a career-high 34 points and Jasmine Johnson performed her buzzer-beating magic again to propel Sam Houston to an 86-85 overtime women’s basketball victory at Southeastern Louisiana Thursday night.
Five days after sinking a three-pointer at the buzzer for the Bearkat women’s first Southland win, Johnson nailed a trey with four seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Then, with 0.6 of a second left in extra time, the senior guard nailed the game-winning free throw.
“That’s what seniors are supposed to do,” SHSU head coach Brenda Nichols said. “With Beadle and Johnson, we definitely got the ball into the right hands at the end.”
Beadle’s 34 points were four short of the Sam Houston school record of 38 set by Sirena Autman in 1990. The junior post player went 14-of-20 from the field and 6-of-6 at the line for her second 30-point performance of the season.
Johnson added 26 points, going 9-of-20 from the floor with three treys. Jazmin Wiley tallied eight points and Nyha Carter and Taylor Dorsey each pulled down 10 rebounds as the Bearkats out-boarded the Lions 48-39.
The Kats trailed by 17 points, 63-46, with 7:01 left in the game, but ended regulation with a 29-12 run to leave the score knotted at 75-75 after 40 minutes. Sam Houston’s only lead during regulation was 2-0 after SHSU scored the opening basket. Southeastern led 34-30 at half.
“Angela and Jasmine did a great job tonight but we wouldn’t have won without everyone working together,” Nichols said. “The last 12 minutes of the game, everyone did what they needed to do. We finally woke up.”
Sam Houston now stands 7-9 for the year and 2-3 in Southland action. Southeastern Louisiana stands 3-13 overall and 2-2 in league play.
The Bearkats next foe is New Orleans Saturday afternoon. Sam Houston’s four-game road swing continues next week at Incarnate Word and Abilene Christian before returning to Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville Thursday, Jan. 30, against A&M-Corpus Christi.