Jan. 11, 2012
LAKE CHARLES, La. -
The Lamar University women's basketball team dropped a 58-45 decision to host McNeese State in a battle of the last two Southland Conference champions on Wednesday night.
Danielle Heithoff, Brateicka Mock, Taylor Hays and Shauna Long had eight points apiece for Lamar (8-8 overall, 0-2 Southland). Monique Whittaker added seven points and nine rebounds for the Lady Cardinals, who shot 30 percent (15-of-50) from the field. It was the second straight cold-shooting effort from Lamar, which was 13-of-50 (26 percent) in Saturday's 62-37 loss to Central Arkansas.
"We have to shoot better, that's all there is to it," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "We need some people to step up."
Caitlyn Baggett led McNeese State (12-4, 2-0) with 17 points, while Ashlyn Baggett added 14 points. Kendra Wells contributed nine points and 14 rebounds for the Cowgirls, who held a 47-34 rebounding edge.
Lamar held an early 5-3 edge after Heithoff scored on a layup with 17:58, remaining, but the Lady Cardinals went 10:56 without a field goal until Mock hit a 3-pointer with 7:02 left in the opening half that cut McNeese State's lead to 21-10. Whittaker hit two free throws with 8:06 remaining for Lamar's only two points in that stretch.
Lamar trailed 30-19 at intermission, and never got any closer in the second half.
The Lady Cardinals return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday with a conference road contest at UT Arlington. After that, Lamar is idle until a Jan. 21 conference at Central Arkansas before returning home to entertain Northwestern State at 7 p.m. Jan. 25.
Saturday's game will be aired live on LamarCardinals.com.