Jan. 25, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO -Dominique Edwards posted a monster second half to lead the Lamar Lady Cardinals to a 76-69 win over host Incarnate Word in a Southland Conference women's basketball game Saturday.
Edwards finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, scoring all of her points in the final 11 minutes as the Lady Cardinal (11-8 overall, 6-2 Southland) won for the sixth time in the past seven games.
"Dominique stepped it up big time," said Lamar coach Robin Harmony, who coached her 200th career game Saturday. "She was unstoppable."
Lamar trailed for most of the game, falling behind by 12 points in the first half, and trailing 39-34 at intermission. Lamar turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, holding Incarnate Word (8-10, 2-4) to 26.7 percent shooting (8-of-30) over the final 20 minutes after UIW shot 51.6 percent (16-of-31) in the opening half. Incarnate Word struggled with Lamar's defense, finishing the day with 22 turnovers that led to 24 Lamar points.
"It was our defense that made a big difference," Harmony said. "We started getting stops."
Lamar trailed 62-61 with 4:44 remaining before going on an 8- run to take the lead for good. JaMeisha Edwards started the run with a 3-pointer before Dominique Edwards scored back-to-back-layups to end the run.
Gia Ayers led Lamar with 21 points. Shauna Long had 19 points off the bench, while JaMeisha Edwards had 10 points for Lamar.
Rose Whitehead led Incarnate Word with 21 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Ifunanya Mora added 10 points for Incarnate Word.
"I'm happy with the win, but we have to start playing for a full 40 minutes," Harmony said. "We can't afford to have some of these lapses."
Lamar, which went 3-1 on its four-game road swing, plays five of its next games at home, starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Houston Baptist.
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