Feb. 23, 2008
NATCHITOCHES, La. -
Despite a furious second half rally, the Lamar University women's basketball team could not overcome a sluggish first half as they fell 64-50 to Northwestern State Saturday afternoon in Natchitoches, La.
With the loss the Lady Cardinals fall to 14-11 overall and 7-5 in Southland Conference play, while Northwestern State improves to 13-13 overall and 5-7 in conference play.
Trailing by 18 at halftime, Lamar opened the second half on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 10 at 36-26, but Northwestern State responded with a 10-0 run of their to open the game back up to a 20-point margin.
The Lady Cards refused to go away despite the NSU run, and continued to out play the Lady Demons. Their effort got Lamar back into the game, and in the final five minutes the Lady Cardinals looked like they might complete the comeback victory.
Nikki Williams got LU as close as they would get with a pair of free throws with 1:41 to play, cutting the Northwestern State lead to just seven points at 55-48. The Lady Demons however would not allow Lamar to get any closer, out scoring them 9-2 to finish the game.
The Lady Demons took control of the game in the first half by forcing 16 Lamar turnovers, 10 of which came on steals. Their own ball control, which saw them turn the ball over just seven times, and a 14-33 effort from the field, gave them a 36-18 lead at the break.
The Lady Cardinals could not get going offensively during the opening 20 minutes as they managed to get off just 20 shots, sinking eight of them. Lamar was also beaten on the boards in the opening 20 minutes, grabbing 13 rebounds to Northwestern State's 20.
The Lady Cardinals were led by Nikki Williams 17 points, while Brittney Williams added 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Cards will be back in action on Thursday when they take on the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders at 7 p.m. at the Montagne Center.