Dec. 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -Shauna Long led Lamar with 14 points, but the Lady Cardinals couldn't overcome a hot-shooting Missouri State squad in an 87-60 loss in a non-conference women's basketball game Sunday.
Lamar (4-5) trailed by just one point, 34-33, at halftime, but Missouri State (2-6) shot 59.5 percent (22-for-37) after intermission to pull away.
"They got some good looks and were able to hit their shots," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said of Missouri State. "We didn't do a good job rotating."
Dominique Edwards had 12 points for Lamar, while Gia Ayers added 10 points and team highs of seven rebounds and six assists for the Lady Cardinals, who went 2-3 on their five-game road swing.
Kenzie Williams led Missouri State with 32 points. She was the only Lady Bear to score in double figures. Williams was 6-of-12 from 3-point range.
Lamar was down 55-51 with 9:30 remaining before Missouri State went on a 12-2 run over the next 3:58 to put the game away.
Missouri State held a 48-34 rebounding edge and outscored Lamar 23-8 from the free-throw line.
Lamar returns to action at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts Texas State in a non-conference game. It will be Lamar's first home game since Nov. 17.
Wednesday's game is being billed as Tickets for Toys. Fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game will receive free admission. All toys will be donated to the Women and Children's Center of Southeast Texas.
"We need to bounce back," Harmony said. "We just have to regroup."