The Ladyjacks remain perfect in conference play after beating the Bearkats, 78-68, behind a combined 42 points from Chanell Hayes and Imani Johnson Saturday night at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville.
With the win, SFA improves to 17-3 and 8-0 in conference play, and remain the only undefeated team in conference alongside Lamar. The game also marked the ninth-straight win for the Ladyjacks.
SFA began outscoring SHSU 25-13 in the first quarter, including a 14-4 run to close out the quarter. In the second quarter, the Jacks took on a 35-17 lead with a little under four minutes to play. However, the Bearkats clawed their way back and bring the deficit to 12 at the halftime buzzer.
The Bearkats were the aggressors at the start of the third quarter, starting off the quarter on a 9-0 run to bring the deficit to single digits—the first time since the first quarter. SFA battled back to level the scoring in the quarter to 21.
SHSU came out for the fourth quarter - aggressive on both sides of the ball, but SFA was able to keep the Bearkats level by not allowing the deficit to get under nine points. Though being outscored by the Bearkats 18-22 in the fourth quarter, the deficit was too much for the Bearkats to overcome and SFA left the rival’s court with a win.
Johnson and Hayes both accumulated 21 points, while Johnson collected a double-double with 10 rebounds. Aiyana Johnson came off the bench to score 14 points and seven rebounds.
SFA shot 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc. The bulk of their points came from scoring inside, as the Jacks scored 38 points from points in the paint.
The Bearkats shot 31.3 percent from the field and only 22.7 percent from three-point land. Their biggest success came from 29 points from points-off-turnovers. Turnovers came in bunches as SFA turned the ball over 32 times in the matchup.
Sam Houston had three players in double-digits. Jeniffer Oramas led the way with 18 points, followed by Rachel Harrell and La’Sha Haynes with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
The Ladyjacks will be back at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when they take on Houston Baptist at William R. Johnson Coliseum.