Feb. 12, 2011
THIBODAUX, La. -
Jasmin Henderson scored 18 points to lead five Lady Cardinals in double figures as the Lamar University women's basketball team rolled to a 70-56 victory over Nicholls in a Southland Conference game Saturday afternoon.
Henderson was perfect from the field for the day, going 7-of-7 from the field, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range. Henderson was Lamar's leading scorer in both games against Nicholls this season, netting her season-high of 20 points in Lamar's 79-62 victory over the Colonels earlier this season.
"Jasmin was hot and we kept getting the ball to her," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "She had a great game for us."
Jenna Plumley had 15 points, five assists and four steals for Lamar (19-5 overall, 8-2 SLC) as the Lady Cardinals won for the eighth time in nine games and remained one game behind McNeese State for the overall conference lead. Monique Whittaker had 12 points and nine rebounds, Taylor Hays came off the bench to score 11 points and Ang Green added 10 points for Lamar, which went without the services of leading scorer Kalis Loyd, who was injured in Wednesday's win over Northwestern State.
"With Kalis out, we needed other people to step up," Tidwell said. Monique did a great job, and Trashanna Smith had a game-high 10 rebounds. That's what winners do. You don't make excuses; you find a way to battle through the adversity."
K.K. Babin led Nicholls (8-16, 3-8) with 19 points. Ricshanda Bickham, who entered the game averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game, was held to six points on 1-of-12 shooting.
and Ang Green
did a great job on Bickham," Tidwell said. "We really played some tremendous defense today."
The Lady Cardinals were perfect from the foul line, going 12-of-12 on the day, led by Plumley and Hays, who each went 4-for-4. Plumley has connected on 93.4 percent (57-of-61) of her free throws, but is one free throw shy of qualifying for the national leaders.
Lamar returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts Southeastern Louisiana in the annual Pink Zone Game that helps raise awareness and funds to battle breast cancer. Tickets are available online at the official Web site of Lamar athletics: www.LamarCardinals.com, or by calling (409) 880-1715.