Seventeen second-chance points and Sam Houston State's offensive rebounds crippled the Northwestern State women's basketball team as they lost 72-61 Monday night in Southland Conference action.
The Bearkats (6-8, 2-0 SLC) out rebounded NSU (5-8, 1-2) 41-26 with including a 15-4 mark on offensive boards. SHSU had 17 second-chance points compared to the five for the Lady Demons.
"I can't fault our offensive effort. It's just defensively we gave up too many free points," said co-head coach Brooke Stoehr. "I thought we we're very selfish defensively and let some old habits get back to us and now we need to have a quick turnaround and get ready for Thursday."
The Lady Demons continue their road trip Thursday when the face Oral Roberts at 5 o'clock.
Britni Martin, the league's third leading scorer, scored 21 to lead all players. Sequeena Thomas followed that up with 19 points and 13 rebounds which was the second double-double NSU has given up in as many games.
The Lady Demons had four players in double-digits and had a higher shooting percentage (45.8) than the Bearkats (43.4). Keisha Lee finished with 15 points, Janelle Perez had 14, Jasmine Upchurch with 13, and Danielle Westerfield collected 10.
"Keisha's a great offensive player for us, and probably our best perimeter attacker. Janelle's a great set-up person and she can knock down the open shot," said Stoehr. "We talk about when your number is called, and I felt like she (Westerfield) she got some good rebounds and some good stops defensively during the second half, and obviously hit some shots.
Westerfield had not played in the last two games for the Lady Demons.
SHSU shot 15 percent over their season average in 3-pointers hitting 43 percent. Martin led the way shooting 5-9 from behind the arc. The Bearkats led 15-13 in turnovers and the two teams tied with 19 assists.
NSU was able to make a run late in the second half when they were down 16 points with 10:56 to play and the Lady Demons cut it to five by the 4:56 mark. Martin nailed a 3-pointer that sparked a 14-8 run to end the game.
After Oral Roberts, NSU will round out its road swing with Central Arkansas Saturday before playing Nicholls at home Jan. 17.