Dec. 18, 2006
LORMAN, Miss. -
The Lamar University women's basketball team could not hold onto an eight point second half lead Monday night, as they fell to the Alcorn State Lady Braves 64-58 in Lorman, Miss.
Trailing by four at 34-30 at halftime, Lamar opened the second half on 13-2 run to take a 43-36 lead. The run, keyed by three 3-point baskets by Alexis Timpone, appeared to give the Lady Cards the momentum, but Alcorn would not go away.
The Lady Cardinals were unable to capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities in the second half, and turned the ball over on crucial possessions in the closing minutes. After opening up their lead in the second half, they allowed Alcorn to slowly pull themselves back into the game.
The Lady Braves were able to take the lead back with 2:56 to play on a layup by Rasaan Powell which gave tem a 54-52 lead, and they never let LU take the lead again. Powell and Tanika Nunez were able to answer every LU bucket with points for Alcorn State.
Alcorn put the game out of reach with six seconds to play when LU's Jocelyn Ingram turned the ball over and Nunez buried four free throws after a technical foul on the Lady Cardinal bench and a foul by LU to stop the clock.
The first half saw Alcorn go to the free throw line 21 times, and they took advantage by scoring more than half of their 34 points at the charity strip as they knocked down 19. Lamar was able to keep it close despite 13 first half turnovers and went into the brake down by four after Aida Bakhos buried a running jumper with eight seconds to play in the half.
For the game, Lamar was led by LaToya Carson who posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Timpone finished with nine and Dionne Pounds finished with seven.
Alcorn got a double-double out of Powell who had 21 points and 10 boards while Nunez and Dominique Thomas added 17 and 10 points respectively.
The Lady Cards out shot their opponent for the third consecutive game as they knocked down 37.5 percent of their shots from the field to Alcorn's 31.9 percent, but they were out rebounded 37 to 28 in the contest. The biggest factor in the game was the 31-38 free throw shooting by the Lady Braves, while Lamar was 12-15 from the charity stripe.
The Lady Cardinals will be in action again on Monday night in New Orleans, La. when they take on Tulane at 7:00.