Jan. 13, 2007
The Lamar University women's basketball team jumped out to an early lead on the Sam Houston State Bearkats, and cruised to an 81-49 win at the Montagne Center.
The win improves Lamar's record to 8-8 on the year and 3-0 in Southland Conference play, while SHSU dropped to 4-13 on the year and 1-3 in SLC play with the loss.
The Lady Cardinals jumped out to a 26-6 lead midway through the first half, and continued to build on their lead behind a 55.6 percent shooting effort. Dionne Pounds led the way for LU in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 13 points, while Brittney Williams added 12 points, giving the Lady Cards a 42-19 lead at the break.
In addition to their strong offensive performance, the Lady Cards turned up the defensive pressure, holding Sam Houston to 17.9 percent shooting in the first half, as the Bearkats made just 7 of 39 shots.
The Lady Cardinals continued to build on their lead in the second half, as they stayed hot offensively. Lamar shot 44.4 percent from the field, connecting on 12 of 27 shots, while holding SHSU to 23.2 percent shooting.
For the Game the Lady Cardinals were led by Pounds, who was 6-7 from behind the three point arc and 7-11 from the field for a career-high 26 points. Williams also had a solid performance for Lamar, scoring 16 points on 7-10 shooting.
Also coming up big for the Lady Cardinals was Shaquita Coffey and LaToya Carson, who grabbed 13 and 11 rebounds respectively, while Alexis Timpone passed out eight assists. Quiana N'Joku also came up big for LU, scoring eight points and grabbing nine boards.
As a team the Lady Cardinals dominated the boards, out rebounding SHSU 62 to 35. Lamar also came up big from behind the three point arc, shooting 61.5 percent as they knocked down eight of 13 triples.
Sam Houston was led by Whitney Smith, Adah Wells and Kendall Homesley who each scored eight points.
The Lady Cardinals will be in action again next week when they return to the road for two games, heading to Conway, Arkansas for their first ever meeting against the Sugar Bears of Central Arkansas on Thursday at 6 p.m. Lamar will then head to Natchitoches, La. for a 2 p.m. showdown with Northwestern State on Saturday.