Feb. 8, 2012
NATCHITOCHES, La. -
Kalis Loyd moved into seventh place on the all-time scoring list for Lamar University women's basketball as she led the Lady Cardinals to an 82-61 Southland Conference victory at Northwestern State on Wednesday.
Loyd's 24 points gave her 1,281 for her career, pushing her past Sandra Thomas. LaToya Carson is sixth with 1,352 points. Uirannah Jackson holds the Lamar record with 1,730 points.
Taylor Hays netted a career-high 18 points for Lamar (12-11 overall, 4-5 Southland), which shot a season-best 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the field. The Lady Cardinals were extremely hot in the second half, connecting on 61.5 percent (16-of-26) of their shots. Lamar was even hotter from beyond the arc, hitting 53.3 percent of its shots (8-of-15), also a season-best percentage.
Monique Whittaker added 12 points for Lamar, while Danielle Heithoff finished with nine points.
Lamar, which led by as many as 23 points, never trailed in the contest. The Lady Cardinals took control from the beginning, scoring the first seven points of the game. Lamar led 35-29 at halftime and scored nine of the first 12 points in the second half to take control.
Jasmine Upchurch led Northwestern State (5-18, 1-9) with 14 points and nine rebounds. Ronikka Drake added 11 points for the Lady Demons.
Lamar returns home to host Nicholls at 2 p.m. Saturday in the annual "Pink Out" game to raise awareness for breast-cancer research. Fans are encouraged to wear pink. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715 or visit LamarCardinals.com.