Henderson's heroics lift Lamar
Feb. 4, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - - Jasmin Henderson's 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining lifted the Lamar University women's basketball team to a 54-51 win over host UTSA in a Southland Conference game Saturday afternoon.
It was the only field goal of the game for Henderson, but it proved to be a big one as it gave the Lady Cardinals (11-11 overall, 3-5 Southland) their second dying-seconds victory in as many seasons over the Roadrunners (7-14, 3-5). Last season, Ang Green hit three free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining to propel Lamar to a 69-67 win.
"I thought we played hard and played good defense," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. This was a good win for us."
Lamar trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half when UTSA's Simone Young nailed a 3-pointer to give the Roadrunners a 41-31 advantage with 8:47 remaining. Lamar battled back and took the lead at 50-48 on a Kalis Loyd jumper with 1:07 remaining. The Roadrunners got three free throws from Kamra King to take a 51-50 lead, setting up Henderson's heroics.
Gia Ayers sealed the win by hitting a free throw with 1.1 seconds remaining to give Lamar a 54-51 lead. Ayers missed her second free throw, but grabbed her own rebound and ran out the clock.
Young had 11 points for UTSA, while King finished with 10 points.
Lamar's defense forced 22 turnovers, as the Lady Cardinals scored 21 points off turnovers, Lamar held the Roadrunners to 34 percent shootin (17-of-50) from the field and just 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from 3-point range.
Lamar returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Northwestern State in a Southland Conference game. Lamar posted a 58-56 win over Northwestern State at the Montagne Center on Jan. 25.