Women's hoops opens 4-game road swing

GO CARDINALS Gia Ayers leads the Southland Conference in assists.
Gia Ayers leads the Southland Conference in assists.

Jan. 14, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas -The Lamar Lady Cardinals open their longest Southland Conference road swing in 14 seasons when they travel to the University of New Orleans at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Thursday's contest is the first of four consecutive conference road contests for the Lady Cardinals (8-7 overall, 3-1 Southland), who are riding a three-game winning streak. Lamar, which has the top RPI in the conference at 157, is at Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m. Saturday before away games at Southland Conference newcomers Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word next week.

The Last Meeting
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March 9, 2013
Hammond, La.
Women's basketball rolls over Southeastern Louisiana
HAMMOND, La. - Led by Kalis Loy and Dominique Edwards, the Lamar Lady Cardinals secured the No. 3 seed in next week's Southland Conference Basketball Tournament with a convincing 72-61 victory over host Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.

"We just have to keep it going," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "We took care of business at home last week with two wins. We have to keep it going on the road."

Senior guard Gia Ayers was a driving force for the Lady Cardinals in the wins over Nicholls and McNeese State, averaging 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game as she earned Southland Conference Player of the Week honors. Ayers lead the Southland Conference in assists, averaging 4.80 per game.

Thursday's game against New Orleans (0-15, 0-4) is the first meeting between the two schools since Nov. 24, 2001, when the Privateers claimed an 83-71 win over the Lady Cardinals at the Coca-Cola Billiken Classic in St. Louis. New Orleans leads the overall series 16-15. The teams met on a regular basis from the 1987-88 season through the 1997-98 season when they were members of the American South Conference and later, the Sun Belt Conference.

Danielle Davis leads the Privateers in scoring at 8.1 points per game.

Thursday's game will be shown live on ESPN3 (http://es.pn/WBK-LAMvsNO). There will also be live audio on www.LamarCardinals.com.

The Lady Cardinals will look to maintain their recent mastery of Southeastern Louisiana, having won six of the last eight meetings, including both contests last season. The Lady Lions (3-13, 2-2) host Sam Houston State on Thursday before entertaining the Lady Cardinals on Saturday. Southeastern Louisiana holds an 18-17 edge in the all-time series.

Symone Miller averages 14.7 points per game for the Lady Lions. Nanna Pool, who averages 12.3 points per game, is fifth in the nation with a field-goal percentage of .639 (76-of-122).

Saturday's game will air live on KLVI (AM 560) and be simulcast on www.LamarCardinals.com.

Lamar's next home game is 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30 against Houston Baptist.






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