Post player Angela Beadle stepped up when it mattered the most.
Beadle came up with three huge blocks with time winding down to seal the 79-76 victory over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders.
“They were awesome,” Beadle, who finished with 9 points and seven rebounds said. “The last couple of seconds, big hustle plays like that count. It hyped up our team and we ran with it.”
After Beadle scored the go-ahead layup with 31 seconds left to give Sam Houston (10-9, 5-3 Southland) the 77-76 lead, Texas A&M Corpus Christi tried to make something happen as Brittany Mbamalu drove down the lane, but was blocked by Beadle.
The Islanders (9-10, 2-6 Southland) recovered the blocked shot and tried again, but Beadle made another blocked and forced the turnover that allowed Johnson to get to the line after being fouled with 9.5 seconds left.
Johnson, who led the team with 17 points, made one of her free throws to increase the Bearkat lead to 78-76, giving the Islanders another chance at possibly tying the game or taking the lead.
A&M-Corpus Christi went down the court and Brandi Huff, who was surrounded by Bearkat players, tried to make a move and put in the lay-up.
But Beadle again, blocked the shot and got possession of the ball, where she was immediately fouled with .9 seconds left in the game.
Though Beadle made one of her two free throws to increase the lead to 79-76, the Islanders couldn't develop a play as time ran out and the Bearkats celebrated in jubilation.
“Beadle has that experience and she needed to come out and be big these last few minutes,” Bearkat coach Brenda Nichols said. “She did her job.”
Sam Houston made up for their slow start to the game.
The Islanders went at the Bearkats by attacking the inside, which allowed them to get to the line in the early minutes of the first half.