SAN ANTONIO – The Sam Houston State women’s basketball team fought off a third-quarter rally and led nearly the entire way in picking up a 81-77 win over UTSA on Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.


Six Bearkats (4-3) found their way into double figures in scoring, led by a season-high 20 points, six boards and five assists from senior guard Jenniffer Oramas. Courtney Cleveland got the start in the frontcourt and turned in a good game, hitting 9-for-12 from the foul line en route to 13 points and seven rebounds for the game.


Rachel Harrell followed up her 31-point outing earlier in the week with a dozen points off the bench, including eight in the opening quarter, while canning three of the Kats’ five 3-point buckets. Jaylonn Walker had 10 aand Amber Leggett also delivered 11 points.


The Kats led by as much as 14 in the opening half before eventually taking a 45-35 lead into the break on the strength of nine points from Oramas and 45-percent shooting overall.


But that lead did not last long once the second half started as UTSA responded with their best period of the afternoon, taking their first lead of the game at 58-57 late in the quarter. However, Oramas responded with an old-fashioned 3-point play in the final seconds to keep the Kats in front going into the final quarter.


From there the Kats did not relinquish the lead, scoring eight of the first 12 points of the quarter and hitting 8-for-10 from the foul line to hold on for the win.


Sam Houston will now get a week off for final exams before getting back on the road for a December 15 game at Oklahoma. They will then open up Southland Conference play on December 18 at Northwestern State.