Ready to get back to action after a week’s rest, both the Sam Houston men’s and women’s basketball teams play host to Lamar Saturday at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
The men, who tip off at 3:45 p.m., have won seven of their last eight games and stand alone in second place in the Southland race with an 8-2 mark.
The Bearkats rank third in the Southland in scoring, averaging 78.9 points per game.
Jabari Peters leads a group of three players in double figures with his 13.3 points per game. Kaheem Ransom (11.8) and Paul Baxter (10.0) are also scoring in double digits.
Michael Holyfield leads the team and ranks ninth in the Southland with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Lamar, a squad that stands 3-19 for the year, has picked up two Southland Conference wins in the past week-and-a-half.
First the Cardinals earned a 65-57 road win at Abilene Christian. They followed up by claiming a 59-57 victory over Houston Baptist for the first home win of the year.
Nimrod Hilliard, a 6-1 junior guard, scored 14 points against HBU, sinking a seven-footer for the win with 8 seconds to play. Hilliard is scoring 14.1 points per game and ranks 13th in the Southland.
The men’s game Saturday will be broadcast live in the Huntsville area by KSAM 101.7 FM.
The Sam Houston women begin the doubleheader at 1:30 p.m.
SHSU is tied for eighth at 5-5. With only five more weeks left in regular season league play, all eight spots at the post-season tournament in Katy are up for grabs, including the coveted top seeds, which advance teams automatically to the semifinals.
The Bearkats are 10-11 overall following a weekend split at home with a win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi followed by a loss to Houston Baptist.
Angela Beadle and Jasmine Johnson continue to lead the Kats. Beadle is averaging 15.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Johnson is adding 11.9 points and 4.2 assists per contest.
Lamar 12-9 overall. The Cardinals’ 5-7 guard Gia Ayers set school records for free throws made (16) and attempted (22) in last week’s win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Ayers is averaging 15.0 points per game. Dominque Edwards (15.9 points), JaMeisha Edwards (12.2) and Shauna Long (10.7) also are scoring in double figures for a Cardinal offense that is averaging 70.6 points per contest.
Saturday’s women’s game will be broadcast live in the Huntsville area on KHVL 104.9 The Hits FM.