Jan. 21, 2012
CONWAY, Ark. -
The Lady Cardinals squandered a halftime lead for the first time this season as Central Arkansas rallied from a 25-23 deficit at intermission to keep Tidwell at 99 career victories. Lamar was 70 when leading at halftime before Saturday.
Kalis Loyd had a game-high 26 points for Lamar (9-9 overall, 1-3 Southland), giving her 1,211 points for her career, but it wasn't enough to prevent Central Arkansas (14-4, 4-1) from sweeping the season series. Loyd also led Lamar with eight rebounds.
Gia Ayers had a career-high eight points and tied her career best with three assists for the Lady Cardinals. Brateicka Mock added seven points and a career-high six rebounds for Lamar.
Lamar led by as many as eight points, building a 33-25 edge after Monique Whittaker drained a 3-pointer with 18:21 remaining in the second half. Lamar's last lead came with 10:21 remaining in the second half as Loyd hit two free throws to put LU up 42-40.
After that Central Arkansas went on a 15-3 over the next five minutes capped by a Courtney Duever jumper with 5:21 left that gave the Sugar Bears a 55-45 lead. Lamar got no closer than seven points the rest of the way. Central Arkansas shot 60.9 percent from the field (14-of-23) in the second half, including 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from 3-point range.
Nakeia Guiden led Central Arkansas with 15 points. Duever had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Sugar Bears, while Megan Herbert and Micah Rice added 11 points apiece.
Tidwell will try for win No. 100 again Wednesday when the Lady Cardinals host Northwestern State at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Montagne Center. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715 or visit LamarCardinals.com.