Nov. 18, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Kalis Loyd became the 11th Lamar University women's basketball player to reach 1,000 points for her career as she helped lead the Lady Cardinals to a come-from-behind 70-68 win over visiting Louisiana-Monroe on Friday.
Loyd had 17 points, 15 after intermission, to give her 1,002 for her career, making her the 11th Lady Cardinal to achieve the milestone. Her effort was a big reason the Lady Cardinals rallied from a 13-point deficit late in the first half.
"I'm honored about reaching 1,000 points, but I'm really excited about getting the win," the junior from Malmoe, Sweden said. "It wouldn't have meant as much if we lost the game."
Lamar coach Larry Tidwell, who saw the Lady Cardinals improve to 28-0 in non-conference homes games in his five seasons at Lamar, was impressed by Loyd's effort.
"Kalis had as good of a half as we've had anyone play here in a long, long time," Tidwell said. "She was making shots; she was penetrating for layups; she was dropping in assists; she was a huge factor in our defense."
Loyd also had 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and 15th of her career. Monique Whittaker had a game-high 20 points for Lamar, while Danielle Heithoff had nine points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
The Lady Cardinals trailed 29-16 with 3:20 remaining in the opening period, but ended the half on an 11-2 run keyed by 3-pointers from Whittaker and Taylor Hays to go into intermission trailing 31-27.
The game was tight for much of the second half, with the Lady Cardinals finally taking the lead for good with 32 seconds remaining when Whittaker hit two free throws to give Lamar a 69-68 lead.
"I knew I had to make those free throws," Whittaker said. "I wanted to make up for some I've missed earlier this season."
The Warhawks (0-3) had their chances to regain the lead, but missed three shots in the final seconds. Heithoff finally grabbed a rebound and sank one of two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to close out the scoring. The Warhawks weren't able to get a shot off before the buzzer.
"It was a tough, tough game, but it will make us better down the road," Tidwell said. "I'm very proud of our effort."
The Lady Cardinals return to action at 5:30 p.m. Monday as they open up an eight-game road swing with a non-conference game at Southern.
Both Loyd and Tidwell said they were looking forward to being on the road.
"It means we don't have to get up at 5 a.m. for practices," Loyd said as her coach concurred.