Feb. 9, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Jenna Plumley scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack as the Lamar University women's basketball team rolled to a 73-57 victory over visiting Northwestern State in a Southland Conference game at the Montagne Center on Wednesday night.
Monique Whittaker added 14 points for Lamar (18-5 overall, 7-2 SLC) as the Lady Cardinals snapped Northwestern State's (10-13, 5-5) three-game winning streak. The victory was the 83rd for fourth-year Lamar coach Larry Tidwell, who moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time list at Lamar. Tidwell, who is 83-37 at Lamar, trails Pat Park, who amassed 109 wins in six seasons.
Lamar's strong defensive effort forced Northwestern State into 29 turnovers, resulting in 33 Lamar points. Plumley was one shy of her career high with seven steals.
"We turned up the defensive pressure tonight," Plumley said. "Good defense turns into offense."
Trashanna Smith and Ang Green had eight points apiece for the Lady Cardinals, Brateicka Mock had six points, while Adrianne Meengs came off the bench to net a career-high five points. Lamar lost Kalis Loyd late in the first half with an injury. Loyd, the reigning Southland Conference Player of the Week, had six points in 15 minutes. Her status will be evaluated Thursday.
"We're a multi-talented team," Tidwell said. "After Kalis went out, we had a number of people step up."
Lamar, which trails McNeese State by one game for the overall Southland Conference lead, travels to Nicholls at 3:30 p.m. Saturday for a conference game before returning home to host Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. Feb. 16.