Jan. 2, 2012
Kalis Loyd moved into eighth place on the all-time scoring list for Lamar University women's basketball as she powered the Lady Cardinals to a 61-54 non-conference victory over visiting Rice on Monday.
Loyd had 18 points, giving her 1,148 for her career to move past Audrea Samuel as Lamar (8-6) won its 32nd consecutive non-conference home game. Loyd also tied for game honors with nine rebounds.
The Lady Cardinals started out quick, scoring the game's first eight points and jumping out to a 15-4 lead less than four minutes into the game. Rice battled back to take a 23-22 lead on a Jessica Kuster layup with 10:41 remaining in the first half, but Lamar took the lead for good on Shauna Long's 3-pointer with 7:53 remaining that gave LU a 25-23 lead.
The Lady Cardinals led 37-33 at intermission and built the lead to as many as 11 points in the second half. The Owls (6-7) cut the LU advantage to 55-52 on a Brianna Hypolite layup with 2:44 remaining, but Carenn Baylor's 3-pointer put Lamar up 58-52 with 2:10 remaining. Rice would get no closer the rest of the way.
Lamar improved to 5-0 at home this season. The Lady Cardinals own a three-game winning streak.
"This was a good win for us," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "We beat a very good team tonight, but we have a very good team in our own right. The thing is, we're going to get better."
Monique Whittaker added 14 points for Lamar. Danielle Heithoff added six points and nine rebounds in the win.
Hypolite led Rice with 15 points. Kuster finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Owls.
Lamar returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Central Arkansas to open up the Southland Conference schedule. That game is the opener of a hoops doubleheader at the Montagne Center. The Lamar men's team hosts Central Arkansas in the second game at 3:30 p.m.
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