HUNTSVILLE -- The Sam Houston State women's basketball team faces its sternest home test of the 2009 Southland race yet as the Bearkats play host to SLC West Division leader Texas-San Antonio Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.
The Roadrunners are tied with Texas-Arlington for leadership in the West. UTSA, UTA and East Division leader all own 5-1 league marks to sit above the rest of the conference.
The last time Sam Houston State defeated UTSA in a women's basketball game, Bill Clinton was president. The Roadrunners own a 14-game winning streak over the Kats that include 72-48 and 76-51 victories last season in Huntsville and San Antonio, respectively. UTSA stands 12-7 for the season.
"UTSA was the preseason favorite to win the West Division and they are off to a great start in conference play," SHSU head coach Brenda Nichols said. "This is going to be a tough test for us, but we're playing very well at home this year and these kids will give it everything they have. It really helps have the home crowd behind you so we hope the fans come out and back us."
As an extra incentive for basketball fans to attend Wednesday's women's game, it's "25 cent Jumbo Hot Dog Night" at Johnson Coliseum. This is the 14th consecutive year for "25 cent Jumbo Hot Dog Night."
Sam Houston brings a four-game home winning streak into Wednesday's contest including victories over three Southland foes -- Stephen F. Austin, Texas State-San Marcos and Lamar.
Four SHSU players are averaging in double figures in SLC action with Whitney Smith posting a 14.0 average followed by Britni Martin (13.2), Brittany Brooks (12.5) and Leasa Ailshie (11.3).
Monica Gibbs leads the Roadrunners with 14.5 points per game. She also leads Southland women's basketball with 5.8 assists per contest.
Wednesday's 6:30 p.m. game with UTSA is the first of two home games this week for the Bearkat women. Sam Houston State will play host to Central Arkansas Saturday at 2 p.m.