Nov. 25, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
The Lamar University women's basketball team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end with a 90-40 loss to the host Kansas Jay Hawks in the first round of the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Classic on Friday night.
Kalis Loyd had 13 points to lead Lamar (4-2), which struggled from the field throughout the night. The Lady Cardinals were 12-of-64 (18.8 percent) from the field, including a 0-of-21 effort from 3-point range.
Kansas (4-0) shot a sizzling 59.5 percent (22-of-37) from the floor in the first half en route to a 49-23 lead at intermission. The Jayhawks didn't cool down much in the second half, hitting on 50 percent of their shots (17-of-34) to win going away.
"I think Kansas is as good as a team as we're going to face all year, and that includes Texas A&M and Ole Miss," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "They're a very athletic team."
Kansas had four players score in double figures, but it was point guard Angel Goodrich, who had nine points, seven assists and seven steals in 21 minutes, who impressed Tidwell.
"She's a tremendous player. She's going to win a lot of games for Kansas," Tidwell said. "I really like the way she plays."
Keena Mays came off the bench to score a game-high 14 points for Kansas.
Loyd, who played just 22 minutes for Lamar, had seven rebounds for the Lady Cardinals. Jasmin Henderson came off the bench to grab a team-high eight rebounds for Lamar.
"We have three games in three days, so I gave some of our younger players some valuable time," Tidwell said. "Hopefully, we'll be fresh for the next two games."
Lamar faces Florida Atlantic at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the round-robin format of the tournament and will play IUPUI at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Both games will be broadcast live on the official website of Lamar athletics: LamarCardinals.com.