Jan. 3, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -
The Lamar University women's basketball team dropped an 82-45 decision Saturday afternoon against the No. 4 ranked University of Texas Saturday at the Frank Irwin Center.
The loss drops Lamar to 8-4 on the year while Texas improves to 12-1 on the year with the win.
The Lady Cardinals held strong in the first half, knocking down 10 of their 25 shots for a 40 percent effort, but a 61.5 percent shooting effort by Texas gave the Longhorns a 39-25 lead heading into the break. After a quick 6-0 start by the Longhorns, LU battled back and did not allow UT to build their lead any higher than 10 points in the first 12 minutes. After an Emily Spickler three pointer cut the score to 26-17 with 6:30 to play, Texas used a 13-8 run to finish the half.
Lamar was led by Emily Spickler and Brittney Williams who each scored six points, while Trashanna Smith led all players with five rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half the Lady Cardinals were not able to hold off the hot shooting Longhorns, who erupted for 43 points, while holding LU to 20. Williams led the way for Lamar offensively in the second half, scoring eight points, while knocking down a pair of three pointers.
For the game, Williams was the only Lady Cardinal to finish in double digits in the scoring column, tallying 14 points, while Spickler finished with nine points. Smith finished with a game high eight rebounds, while Agnija Reke finished with four assists.
As a team Lamar shot 35.3 percent from the field, knocking down 18 of their 51 shots, while Texas posted a 56.9 shooting percentage, going 29-51. The Longhorns won the rebounding battle 36 to 18 and Lamar turned the ball over 18 times to UT's 17.
The Lady Cardinals will be back in action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they return to the Montagne Center to host Paul Quinn College. Southland Conference action gets under way on Saturday when Lamar heads to Southeastern Louisiana for a Saturday afternoon showdown.