Dec. 4, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -
Kalis Loyd and Monique Whittaker each scored a game-high 18 points, but the Lamar University women's basketball team dropped a 73-59 non-conference decision at TCU on Sunday.
Loyd also had game highs of eight rebounds and four steals, but the Lady Cardinals (5-5) fell to 2-4 on their current eight-game road swing and suffered their third straight loss for the first time in three seasons.
Lamar held a 16-15 lead with 8:45 remaining in the first half after Whittaker hit a 3-pointer, but TCU (4-4) took control with an 11-0 run and never relinquished the lead. The Horned Frogs held a 40-26 lead at intermission, and Lamar never cut the deficit to single figures in the second half. TCU led by as many as 20 points in the second half.
Chelsea Prince led TCU with 16 points, while Delisa Gross and Whitney Williams added 11 points apiece in the win. TCU shot 51,9 percent) from the field (28-of-54), while holding Lamar to 34.5 percent (20-of-58). TCU held a 39-33 rebounding edge. The Horned Frogs were deadly from 3-point range, connecting on 53.8 percent of their treys (7-of-13).
Jasmin Henderson added nine points for Lamar, while Carenn Baylor finished with six points.
The loss spoiled a homecoming for Lamar coach Larry Tidwell, who was an associate head coach at TCU for eight seasons before taking the job at Lamar. It was the first time in Tidwell's five seasons at Lamar that the Lady Cardinals met TCU. The Horned Frogs now lead the overall series 3-2.
The Lady Cardinals take a two-week break for exams before returning to action with a game at LSU at 2 p.m. Dec. 18. Lamar ends its road trip at Houston Baptist at 6 p.m. Dec. 20. The next home game for the Lady Cardinals is 7 p.m. Dec. 30 vs. Centenary.