March 3, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar University women's basketball team couldn't overcome a cold first-half shooting performance in a 59-40 loss to visiting McNeese State in the final regular-season game for both teams.
Lamar (16-14 overall, 8-8 Southland Conference) missed its first 12 shots of the game before a Carenn Baylor layup with 14:22 remaining in the first half put Lamar on the scoreboard. The Lady Cardinals were just 4-of-27 (14.8 percent) in the first half as McNeese State (23-7, 13-3) took a 30-15 lead into intermission.
The Cowgirls score the first four points of the second half to build their cushion to 34-15, but Lamar battled back to cut the McNeese State to 42-36 with 9:00 remaining on a Baylor layup, but McNeese State scored the next 10 points to put the game out of reach.
For the game, the Lady Cardinals were 13-of-57 (22.8 percent) from the floor, including 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from 3-point range.
"You're not going to win too many games, especially at the Division I level, shooting 22.8 percent," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "We got some good looks, but we're not putting them in."
Brateicka Mock and Taylor Hays had eight points apiece to lead Lamar. Kalis Loyd added seven points for the Lady Cardinals.
Caitlyn Baggett had 14 points to lead four McNeese State scorers in double figures. Ashlyn Baggett had 13 points, Martika Hull had 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Kendra Wells also had 2 points.
"We fell short today," said Ang Green, one of three Lamar seniors appearing in their last game in the Montagne Center. "I would have loved to have won our last home game, but now we have to focus on the Southland Conference Tournament."
Despite the loss, Lamar earned the No. 5 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament that gets under way Tuesday in Katy, Texas. The Lady Cardinals will face fourth-seeded Stephen F. Austin at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The No. 5 seed is the lowest seeding the Lady Cardinals have had in their five years under coach Tidwell. Tidwell `s teams have won at least one game each year in the conference tournament.
"It stings when you hear that we're not expected to do much at the tournament," Tidwell said. "We have a chip on our shoulder. We have some unfinished business."