Dec. 30, 2012
HOUSTON – Kalis Loyd reached a pair of career milestones, but it wasn’t enough for the Lamar Lady Cardinals in a 62-56 non-conference women’s basketball loss at Rice on Sunday.
Loyd surpassed the 1,600-point plateau and 700-rebound-mark for her career as she had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the day. It was Loyd’s fourth double-double of the season and 22nd of her career.
Lamar led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but couldn’t hold on down the stretch. The Lady Cardinals (7-3) shot just 27.6 percent (8-of-29) from the field in the second half, and 28.6 percent (18-of-63) for the game.
Lamar took a 56-54 lead when Loyd hit two free throws with 1:57 remaining, but Rice closed out the game on an 8-0 run. Elena Gumbs drilled a 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to give the Owls a 59-56 edge. Loyd’s 3-pointer was off the mark with 10 second remaining. Gumbs then sealed the win with a free throw and a layup.
Gia Ayers had 12 points for Lamar. Dominique Edwards grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds for the Lady Cardinals.
Lamar, which led 28-24 at intermission, squandered a halftime lead for the second time this season. The Lady Cardinals also led at Texas Tech at halftime before falling.
Jessica Kuster (had a double-double for Rice (8-4), finishing with 21 points and 18 rebounds. Gumbs added 15 points for the Owls.
Lamar returns to action at 6 p.m. Thursday when it opens Southland Conference play at Stephen F. Austin.