Dec. 30, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Kalis Loyd scored 18 points to lead three Lamar players in double figures as the Lady Cardinals rolled to a 73-44 win over Centenary in a non-conference women's basketball game Friday night.
Monique Whittaker had 15 points, while Taylor Hays tied a career-high with 14 points as the Lady Cardinals (7-6) improved to 4-0 at home this season and ran their non-conference winning streak at the Montagne Center to32 games. The game was Lamar's first home contest since Nov. 18 after having played eight straight contests away from Beaumont.
"It's good to be back home," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "We were a little rusty after having six days off for the holiday. "We need to get better, but we did some things well."
Lamar led 41-20 at halftime and increased the lead to as much as 36 in the second half before coasting to its second straight win. Lamar's defense forced 24 Centenary turnovers, resulting in 30 points. Lamar had 20 fast-break points on the night.
Jalena Sanders led Centenary (3-8) with 13 points, while Megan Daniel finished with 11 points.
Loyd and Hays had six rebounds apiece to lead Lamar. For the game, each team had 40 rebounds.
"We need to rebound better," Tidwell said. "That's one thing we have to work on."
The six rebounds were a career high for Hays.
"I'm playing with more confidence now," Hays said. "I'm playing the 3 now, and I feel more comfortable in that role than when I was playing the 2."
Lamar closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule when it hosts Rice at 7 p.m. Monday in the Montagne Center. The Lady Cardinals open Southland Conference play by hosting Central Arkansas at 1 p.m. Jan. 7.
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