Jan. 3, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Kalis Loyd poured in a season-high 28 points to lead the Lamar Lady Cardinals to a 65-50 win over host Stephen F. Austin in the Southland Conference women’s basketball opener for both teams Thursday.
Loyd has been the leading scorer for the Lady Cardinals (8-3 overall, 1-0 Southland) in every game this season. The senior from Malmoe, Sweden, boosted her career total to 1,629 points, just 101 behind the school record of 1,730 held by Uirannah Jackson.
“Kalis is just a tremendous player,” Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. “She played all 40 minutes, and came up big when we needed her.
Stephen F. Austin (5-7, 0-1) raced out to an early 7-0 lead, and led by nine points (27-19) with 6:04 remaining in the first half before the Lady Cardinals closed out the opening period with a 14-2 run to take a 32-29 lead into intermission.
“Our defensive pressure paid off,” Tidwell said. “We were relentless tonight.”
Alice Robinson had a career-high 10 points for Lamar. Gia Ayers added 10 points and eight assists for the Lady Cardinals. Robinson had a strong defensive game, holding SFA’s leading scorer, Porsha Roberts, to just three points.
“We expect big things from Alice on defense,” Tidwell said. “Tonight, she also stepped up offensively. That’s a bonus for us.”
Tierany Henderson led SFA with 12 points.
Stephen F. Austin now leads the overall series with Lamar 49-10, but the Lady Cardinals are 7-2 against the Ladyjacks since Tidwell took over the program.
Lamar returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday with a Southland Conference game at Northwestern State. That game will be aired live on KLVI (AM 560) and simulcast on www.LamarCardinals.com.