Jan. 12, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas – Alice Robinson scored a career-high 12 points and tied a career best with nine rebounds to lead the Lamar Lady Cardinals to a 44-37 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a Southland Conference women’s basketball game Saturday.
Robinson had 10 points in the second half for the shorthanded Lady Cardinals (11-4 overall, 4-1 Southland), who were without the services of leading scorer Kalis Loyd (injury) as well as freshman guard Asia Booker (illness).
“We needed some people to step up tonight, and they did,” Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. “A win like this, when you’re without your leading scorer, gives you some confidence.”
The Lady Cardinals struggled throughout the first half, and trailed 17-15 at intermission, just the second time they trailed at halftime this season. Lamar was 4-of-25 (16 percent) from the field in the first half, including 0-of-11 from 3-point range.
“We didn’t shoot well in the first half, but we shot a little better in the second half,” Tidwell said. We kept hustling and played defense, even when things weren’t falling.”
Lamar roared out of the locker room to start the second half, scoring the first 13 points of the period to take a 28-17 lead with 14:53 remaining. The Islanders (1-14, 0-4) refused to go away, however, and battled back to tie the game at 37-37 on a layup by Ashley Darley with 3:29 remaining.
That would be the last point the Islanders would get, as the Lamar defense forced two turnovers and the Islanders missed their final eight shots.
Gia Ayers scored the final seven pints of the game for Lamar, going 5-of-6 from the line down the stretch and seal the win with a layup in the final 30 seconds.
Ayers finished with 12 points for Lamar, while Carenn Baylor
added 10 points. Dominique Edwards
pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for Lamar.
Darley had 12 points for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
With the win, Lamar moved into second place in the Southland Conference, a half-game ahead of Sam Houston State and a half-game behind Central Arkansas.
The Lady Cardinals get some time to get healthy, as they are idle until Saturday, when they travel to McNeese State for a 1 p.m. contest. That game will be aired live on KLVI (AM 560) and simulcast at www.LamarCardinals.com.