Feb. 23, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Senior Night for the Lamar University women's basketball team was a rousing success Wednesday night, as the Lady Cardinals rolled to a 79-63 victory over visiting Stephen F. Austin in a Southland Conference game at the Montagne Center.
Senior Trashanna Smith, playing in her final regular-season home game, finished with a double-double of 14 points, tying a season high, and a game-high 12 rebounds. Jenna Plumley had 10 points, eight assists and seven steals, while Adrianne Meengs, who played four seasons of volleyball for Lamar before joining the women's basketball team, had two points.
"Our seniors are incredible," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "Trashanna Smith has been a big contributor in almost every win we've had in these past four years. Jenna Plumley is lightning in a bottle. Adrianne is a winner. I watched her as a volleyball player, and she was a true leader. I wanted her on this team both on the court and in the locker room."
The seniors' efforts were somewhat overshadowed by sophomore Kalis Loyd, who notched her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Monique Whittaker added 14 points for the Lady Cardinals (22-5 overall, 11-2 SLC), who remained one game behind McNeese State with three games to play for the overall Southland Conference lead. Lamar wraps up the regular season at McNeese State on March 5.
Jordan Ford led Stephen F. Austin (10-16, 7-6) with 16 points. Tammara Marion and Decreasha Goodner had 11 points apiece for the Ladyjacks, while Amina Sawyer finished with 10 points.
Lamar wraps up the regular season with a three-game road swing starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sam Houston State. That game will be televised live on FOX 4 and broadcast live on KLVI (560 AM). The Lady Cards then travel to Texas State on March 2 before the finale at McNeese State.