Feb. 8, 2014
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas -Freshman Kiandra Bowers posted her second career double-double to lead the Lamar University Lady Cardinals to a convincing 70-45 win over host Sam Houston State in a Southland Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon.
Bowers tied career highs with 17 points and 10 rebounds as Lamar (13-9 overall, 8-3 Southland) moved into sole possession of second place in the conference, one game behind league-leading Central Arkansas with seven games remaining.
"Kiandra was amazing," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "She kept us in the game in the first half."
Bowers had 11 points in the opening 20 minutes, as Lamar rallied from a five-point deficit to tie the game at 25 heading into intermission. The Lady Cardinals took control of the game by opening the second half on a 7-0 run, and never relinquished the lead.
"We played outstanding defense in the second half," Harmony said. "Our defense led to our offense, and we got some easy buckets."
Lamar outscored Sam Houston State 14-0 on fast-break points. Lamar had 10 fast-break points and 12 steals in the second half. The 45 points were the fewest scored by a Lamar opponent this season.
Lamar's Dominique Edwards led all scorers with 20 points. Gia Ayers had 16 points and seven assists for the Lady Cardinals.
Angela Beadle had 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Bearkats (10-12, 5-6).
"Beadle is a tremendous player. We did a good job of limiting her," Harmony said. "That was one of the keys to our win."
The Lady Cardinals open a three-game homestand at 5:30 p.m. Thursday when they host Stephen F. Austin in the annual Pink Zone game to raise awareness for breast-cancer research. The homestand continues at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 against Northwestern State and concludes at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 with a rematch against Sam Houston State.
All three games are the opening acts of a doubleheader, with the Lamar men's team playing in the nightcap. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com.