Lady Cards play host to Sam Houston State
Jan. 9, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals look to continue their dominance at home when they host Sam Houston State in a battle of teams unbeaten in Southland Conference women's basketball play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Lamar (10-3 overall, 3-0 Southland) holds a half-game lead over both Sam Houston State (6-8, 2-0) and Central Arkansas (9-4, 2-0). The Lady Cardinals are 5-0 at home this season, having outscored their opponents by an average of 36 points per game at the Montagne Center.
The Lady Cardinals come off a 58-49 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Monday in the first conference home game of the season. Kalis Loyd had 22 points to lead Lamar, her third straight 20-point game. Loyd enters Thursday's game with 1,671 points, 59 behind Uirannah Jackson's school record of 1,730 points.
Loyd leads Lamar in scoring at 18.5 points per game, good for second in the conference. She is averaging 23.3 points per game in Southland Conference play. Loyd also leads Lamar in rebounding at 6.9 per game.
Sam Houston State is led by Britni Martin, who averages 17.6 points per game, and Sequeena Thomas, who averages 13.7 points and a conference-leading 12.1 rebounds per game.
"Sam Houston State is a good team," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "Britni Martin can score, and Sequeena Thomas is just a tremendous rebounder. We will have our work cut out for us."
Lamar leads the overall series 26-23. Sam Houston State won the only meeting between the teams last season, claiming a 72-59 win at the Montagne Center on Feb. 25. Thomas had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds for Sam Houston State, while Martin had a game-high 22 points. Loyd had a double-double of her own for Lamar, with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmin Henderson added 10 points off the bench for the Lady Cardinals.
Thursday's game will be the opener of a hoops doubleheader, with the Lamar facing Sam Houston State in a men's game at 7:30 p.m. Following Thursday's twinbill, the Lady Cardinals host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4 p.m. Saturday in the opening game of another doubleheader.
Tickets for all Lamar home games are available by visiting the Montagne Center ticket office, calling (409) 880-1715, or logging on to http://www.lamarcardinals.com/tickets/whoops-tickets.html.