Feb. 15, 2012
HAMMOND, La. -
Kalis Loyd scored 21 points to lead thee Lamar players in double figures as the Lady Cardinals extended their winning streak to four games with a 71-69 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in a Southland Conference women's basketball game Wednesday night.
Gia Ayers had 14 points and Monique Whittaker added 13 points for Lamar (14-11 overall, 6-5 Southland). Taylor Hays pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds as the Lady Cardinals won in Hammond for the first time since March 4, 2007. It was the first time Lamar coach Larry Tidwell won at Southeastern Louisiana.
Loyd's 21 points pushed her over the 1,300-point mark for her career. The junior is seventh on Lamar's all-time scoring list with 1,319 points. LaToya Carson is sixth with 1,352 points. Uirannah Jackson holds the Lamar record with 1,730 points.
"This was a good win for us," Tidwell said. "This has always been a tough place for us. We had some players step up for us tonight and help us get out of here with a win."
Lamar led 32-26 at halftime and held a 63-46 lead with 4:51 remaining and a 69-59 advantage with 39 seconds left before Southeastern Louisiana (9-15, 4-7) battled back.
Brandi Simmons hit a jumper with six seconds remaining to cut the Lamar lead top 66-70. Gia Ayers hit one of two free throws with 5.1 seconds left to all but seal the win. Southeastern Louisiana's Kelli Jenkins hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it was too little, too late for the Lady Lions.
Latoria Holder led Southeastern Louisiana with 19 points. Brandi Simmons had 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Kelli Jenkins had 15 points for the Lady Lions.
The Lady Cardinals host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Montagne Center. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit LamarCardinals.com.