Nov. 19, 2007
An overwhelming second half three point shooting display propelled the Lamar University women's basketball team to a 51-point win, as the Lady Cards ran away from William Carey 93-42 Monday night at the Montagne Center.
The Lady Cardinals, who will be in action again on Saturday afternoon when they take on Wiley College at 4:00 at the Montagne Center, improve to 3-2 on the year with the win, while William Carey falls to 1-2.
Lading by 16 at halftime, the Lady Cardinals quickly put the game out of reach in the second half, erupting for 16 points in the first 3:07 of the second half, to blow open a 27 point lead at 56-29. The scoring outburst was keyed by four three pointers, two by Tamara Abalde and two by Nikki Williams.
The hot shooting by Abalde and Williams wore off on their teammates, as the Lady Cards continued to score points in bunches for the remainder of the game. Lamar finished the second half with a 60.7 shooting percentage, knocking down 17 of their 28 shots.
While the overall shooting percentage was impressive, Lamar's dominant 83.3 percent performance from behind the three point arc is what put the game on ice. The Lady Cardinals, who were 4-10 from deep in the first half, knocked down 10 of their 12 three point shots in the final 20 minutes.
"We've got players that can shoot the ball really well," head coach Larry Tidwell said. "I'm glad the shots started falling tonight. We showed what we are capable of doing when we knock down open shots."
In addition to their hot shooting, the Lady Cardinal defense used a stifling second half effort to hold the Lady Saders to just 18 points over the final 20 minutes. Lamar forced 17 William Carey turnovers, 14 of which came by way of a Lady Cardinal steal.
In the first half the Lady Cards stared the game slowly on offense, but found their rhythm about five minutes into the game and finished the half with a shooting percentage of 45.5 percent. Abalde led the way at the break with 11 points, while Aida Bakhos added eight.
Abalde, who knocked down four three pointers, finished the game as Lamar's leading scorer with 21 points. She is the first LU player to score 20 or more points for Lamar this season. Williams, who drained five triples, finished the game with 19 points, five steals and five assists. The 21 and 19 points by the two players equaled their career-highs.
Several other players had a career-night for Lamar, as Aida Bakhos scored a career-best 14 points on five of six shooting from the field, while Agnija Reke finished the game with a career-high nine assists. Jasmine Stewart tied her career-high and Emily Spickler set a career-high in the game, each scoring nine points.
William Carey was led by Kristin Blackledge and Britta Stephens who each scored 11 points.
As a team the Lady Cardinals won the battle in every statistical category, out rebounding the Lady Saders 37 to 27, picking up 22 steals to William Carey's five and passing out 23 assists versus six. Lamar finished the game with a 52.5 percent shooting percentage, while WC hit 31.8 percent of their and LU out blocked the Lady Saders three to two.