Nov. 21, 2012
MONROE, La. – Lamar women's basketball coach Larry Tidwell set the program record for coaching victories with his 110th win Wednesday evening at Fant-Ewing Coliseum as the Lady Cardinals rolled to a 72-50 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
Tidwell, who is 110-56 in his sixth season at Lamar, surpassed Pat Park, who was 109-70 in her six seasons at LU.
“I have nothing but admiration for Pat Park,”” Tidwell said. “She has been a big supporter of what we’re doing with this program.”
Kalis Loyd led Lamar with 21 points to go along with a career-high nine steals. She also tied a career high with seven assists.
“Kalis played great defense,” Tidwell said. “She has been tremendous at both ends of the court.”
Lamar (4-1), which won its fourth straight game, started out slowly, as ULM (0-4) scored the first eight points of the game.
“We were a little cold, but we picked it up,” Tidwell said. “We got contributions from a number of people.”
Lamar dominated the closing portion of the first half, building a 38-24 lead at intermission and never looking back. Taylor Hays had 10 points for Lamar. Alice Robinson grabbed a career-high nine rebounds.
Lamar forced 30 turnovers on the game.
“We committed 20 turnovers, but I’ll take a plus-10 turnover ratio any day,” Tidwell said.
Alayshia Hunter led ULM with 13 points.
“This was a good road trip for us,” Tidwell said in referring to wins over Ole Miss and ULM. “This will get us ready for conference when we play two games in three days.”
Lamar returns home to host Our Lady of the Lake at 7 p.m. Monday as the Lady Cardinals put their 35-game non-conference Montagne Center winning streak on the line. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com