Jan. 20, 2005
Lamar vs. SE La. Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - Following a week off, the Lamar women's basketball team returns to action on Thursday night at 7 p.m., hosting Southeastern Louisiana in a Southland Conference contest at the Montagne Center.
The Lady Cardinals (7-7, 1-2 SLC) hope to end a two-game skid and wrap up their three-game home stand with a win over the Lady Lions. SLU carries a 6-8 overall record and a 1-3 league mark into Thursday's action.
Thursday's tilt will be the teams' second meeting of the season and the 21st all-time contest. SLU leads the all-time series 13-7, having won six of the last eight meetings. The Lady Cardinals topped the Lady Lions, 76-56, in this year's first meeting on Jan. 6 in Hammond, Louisiana. Last season the two teams split as LU won 59-51 in Beaumont and SLU won 68-56 in Hammond. Against SLU, the Lady Cards are 6-3 at home, 1-9 on the road and 0-1 at neutral sites.
In the first meeting of the season, Lamar sophomore LaToya Carson notched a career-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds en route to a 20-point road victory for the Lady Cardinals. It was Carson's second career double-double and Lamar's first SLC road win since the 2001-02 season.
In their last time out, the Lady Cardinals dropped a 66-54 decision to McNeese State on Thursday, Jan. 13. An 18-point effort by Carson was not enough to erase a 17-point halftime deficit as the Cowgirls earned their second league win of the season.
A native of Long Beach, Mississippi, Carson is the team leader in scoring (13.2 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg). She ranks seventh in the SLC in scoring and 11th in rebounding. Carson is also the team leader in steals (23) and she ranks fifth in the conference with a 47.6 field goal percentage.
As a team, Lamar ranks at the head of the SLC in scoring defense (57.1 ppg), scoring margin (+8.9), field goal percentage (.407), field goal percentage defense (.322), three-point field goal percentage defense (.237), defensive rebounds (32.0) and rebounding margin (+8.0). The Lady Cardinals are also second in three-point field goal percentage (.324), rebounding (49.3), offensive rebounds (17.3) and blocked shots (4.14).
SLU is 6-3 at home and 0-5 on the road this season. The Lady Lions are also 1-2 at home and 0-1 on the road in conference games.
Southeastern Louisiana is led by seniors Nakeya Downing and Dacia McGowan. Downing leads the team and ranks second in the SLC with 14.6 points a game and leads the league with 11.1 rebounds per contest. McGowan is second on the team and fourth in the conference with 14.5 points per game. McGowan is the team's assists leader (2.7 apg) and she also tops the team with 33 steals. Downing carries the best field goal percentage with a 45.7 percent clip, while Tai Cawthon and Brooke Necaise are the team leaders with a 75.0 free throw percentage.
SLU averages 60.2 points a game and surrenders 68.4 points per contest to opponents. The Lady Lions shoot 35.5 percent from the field and allow opponents a 43.3% mark.