Senior guard Jasmine Johnson hit a game-winning three-pointer at the final buzzer to give the Sam Houston women’s basketball team a dramatic 51-50 win over Nicholls State. The win is the Kats first in Southland play this season.
“We just told our players to believe,” said head coach Brenda Welch-Nichols. “With .5 seconds left you can get a catch and a shot off. Jasmine (Johnson) is a senior and she’s been doing this a long time. It was a heck of a job by her and a heck of a job by everybody. The monkey is off our back now and I think our girls will relax.”
After a strong start for SHSU, Nicholls rallied and kept the game very tight for the entire second half. The Colonels took a 49-48 lead on a layup by Jenny Nash with five seconds left. After a turnover on the inbounds play, the Colonels added a free throw.
Sam Houston would get one more possession with half a second left on the clock. Amanda Barnes threw the inbounds pass to Johnson who nailed the game-winner.
“I knew I had to nail the shot. Coach believed in what she drew up and I believed I could make the shot,” guard Jasmine Johnson said. “We knew we had to continue to fight for 40 minutes and we couldn’t let up.”
Johnson led all scorers with 17 points, while Angela Beadle pulled down 11 rebounds for the Kats.
The Bearkats dominated the first ten minutes of the game, jumping out to a 17-3 lead. The Colonels made just one of their first 14 shots in the game. Nicholls took a 3-2 lead after about three minutes but would not lead again in the first half.
The Kats also managed to go the first 11:12 of the game without committing a foul while Nicholls was called for five. Not wasting the opportunity, Sam Houston made 5-of-7 from the free-throw line early in the game.
Nicholls slowly chipped away at the Bearkats’ 14-point lead, eventually getting within three points at half time, 25-22.
Emani White led the Colonels with 11 points and Jenny Nash chipped in 10.
The Kats will hit the road the next two weeks and will start with Southeastern Louisiana Thursday at 5 p.m. in Hammond, La.