Dec. 20, 2011
Taylor Hays and Shauna Long each equaled career highs in scoring to power the Lamar University women's basketball team to a 73-40 non-conference victory over Houston Baptist on Tuesday.
Hays had 14 points and Long finished with 10 points as Lamar had four players score in double figures as the Lady Cardinals (6-6) snapped a four-game losing streak. Kalis Loyd had 13 points and Monique Whittaker added 12 points for Lamar. Loyd, who has 1,112 career points, pulled down six rebounds to give her 502 for her career, making her the seventh player in Lady Cardinals history with at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
The Lady Cardinals never trailed, opening the game by scoring the first eight points of the contest. Lamar got a spark from a new starting lineup that saw Long, Mary Kovtun, Francesca Bellatin and Gia Ayers make their first career starts and Hays make her second career start.
"We had a competition in practice, and they beat the starters, so they got the opportunity to start," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said.
The Lamar defense forced the Huskies (0-12) into 30 turnovers, the most by a Lamar opponent this season; and held Houston Baptist to just 36.6 percent (15-of-41) shooting as the 40 points were the fewest by a Lamar opponent this season.
Shanice Steenholdt led Houston Baptist with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Lamar, which went 3-5 on its eight-game road swing, is idle until hosting Centenary at 7 p.m. Dec. 30. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit LamarCardinals.com.