March 9, 2013
HAMMOND, La. – Led by Kalis Loy and Dominique Edwards, the Lamar Lady Cardinals secured the No. 3 seed in next week’s Southland Conference Basketball Tournament with a convincing 72-61 victory over host Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.
By securing the third seed, Lamar earned a first-round bye in the tournament.
Loyd registered her ninth double-double of the season and 27th of her career with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Edwards matched her career high with 21 points.
“It was a good win for us,” Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. “Getting the third seed is nice. It’s great to get the bye and not have to win four games in four days.”
Lamar (20-9 overall, 12-6 Southland) used a stifling defense to build a 33-20 lead at halftime. The Lady Lions (11-18, 4-14) cut the lead to 44-41 with 12:20 remaining in the second half, before Lamar went on an 18-4 run to take control of the game for good. Loyd and Edwards each had eight points in that run.
Lamar outrebounded the Lady Lions 37-29 and forced Southeastern Louisiana into 26 turnovers.
Gia Ayers and Carenn Baylor had nine points apiece for Lamar, while Alice Robinson had eight points.
Brandi Simmons had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Lions, who did not qualify for the conference tournament. Symone Miller had 17 points in the loss, Aja Gibson had 11 points and Elizabeth Styles added 10 points.
Lamar will play at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals against the winner of Wednesday’s first-round game between Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin.
All Lady Cardinals’’ postseason games will air live on KLVI (AM 560) and be simulcast on www.LamarCardinals.com