Nov. 15, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Monique Whittaker scored 15 points to lead the Lamar University women's basketball team to a 67-58 win over visiting Ole Miss in a non-conference game Tuesday night.
Freshman Shauna Long came off the bench to score a career-high 10 points for Lamar (2-1), while Danielle Heithoff tied her career high with eight rebounds to go along with 10 points, as Lamar improved to 27-0 in non-conference games in the Montagne Center under Larry Tidwell.
The win was the first for Lamar against an SEC school since a 68-62 win at LSU on Jan. 30, 1995.
"We are a nice team," Tidwell said. "It's still in the making, but we're getting better every day. I'm enjoying watching this team evolve."
Lamar played a solid defensive game, holding the Rebels (1-1) to just 36.8 percent shooting (25-of-68) from the field. The 58 points is the lowest by a Lamar opponent this season.
Lamar led by as many as 13 points in the first half, and took a 38-28 lead into intermission. The Rebels pulled to within five points (61-56) with 3:25 remaining in the second half, but LU ran off six straight points thanks to a 3-pointer by Jasmin Henderson, a free throw by Kalis Loyd and two by Ang Green to seal the win.
"We did a great job defensively," Tidwell said. Ang Green probably played the best defense she's ever played in her life tonight." That's a huge thing for us."
Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 18 points.
Lamar returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday when it hosts Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. After that, the Lady Cards hit the road for eight games before returning home to host Centenary on Dec. 30.
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