HUNTSVILLE – Four Sam Houston State players reached double figures and the Bearkats hit the century mark for the second straight game at home, taking down Wiley College, 101-63 on Monday night at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
Freshman Amber Leggett pumped in 23 points, pulling in six boards and hitting 8-for-11 from the foul line, including two in the final seconds to push Sam Houston (2-2) over the 100-point plateau. Rachel Harrell also added 14 points and hit two of the Kats’ five 3-point buckets, while Jaylonn Walker had 13 points and seven assists and La’Sha Haynes added 13 points and six boards.
In all the Kats would hit 52.9 percent from the floor and forced 31 turnovers, while hitting 24-for-24 from the foul line and winning the battle on the glass by a 44-31 margin. Lydia Baxter led all players on the boards with 10, adding seven points in 20 minutes of work.
Sam Houston raced out to an 11-2 run in the opening quarter and did not look back, not surrendering the lead after an early layup from Haynes made it 4-2. The Wildcats, who were led by Armonie Lomax’s game-high 24 points and five 3-point baskets, were as close as 13-12 with 2:18 left in the opening period, but SHSU closed out the period with five straight points and rolled that right into the second quarter of work.
Leggett contributed six points in a 12-0 run to kick start the second period, a quarter that saw the Kats outscore Wiley 35-13 to take a commanding 53-25 lead into halftime.
From there the Kats did not let off the gas, hitting 55.5 percent from the field in the second half and 7-for-9 from the foul line after converting 17 of 25 tries in the first half. They led by as much as 26 in the third quarter and ballooned that advantage to 38 on Leggett’s foul shots to close out the game.
The Bearkats will go on the road for a two-game trip to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take part in the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic later this week. Sam Houston will kick off the tournament on Friday at 4 p.m. against Troy before closing out the event on Saturday at 4 p.m. against the host Southern Mississippi.
Sam Houston will be back in Johnson Coliseum on Saturday, December 1, when it hosts St. Thomas (TX) in a game that will be aired on the Bearkat Sports Network.