Women's hoops faces SLC newcomers

GO CARDINALS Robin Harmony will coach her 200th game on Saturday.
Robin Harmony will coach her 200th game on Saturday.

Jan. 21, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas -The Lamar University Lady Cardinals hit the road to face Southland Conference newcomers Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word this week.

Lamar (9-8 overall, 4-2 Southland) is at Abilene Christian (11-7, 2-1) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and at Incarnate Word (8-8, 2-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday. These will be the first-ever meetings between Lamar and ACU and Incarnate Word.

Both of Lamar's weekend opponents are transitioning from Division II to Division I and are playing a limited Southland Conference schedule this season. Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word will play each Southland foe once and will face each other twice this season. They are not eligible for postseason competition, including the Southland Conference Tournament.

The Lady Cardinals, who had a four-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Southeastern Louisiana, enter this week's games tied for third place with McNeese State, just a half-game behind conference co-leaders Stephen F. Austin and Central Arkansas.

  Dominique Edwards, who had her team-leading sixth double-double of the season in the loss at Southeastern Louisiana, leads Lamar in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Gia Ayers, who is second on the team in scoring, leads the Southland Conference in assists, averaging 5.00 per outing.

Both of this week's opponents have played well on their home floor this season. Abilene Christian is 7-1 at the Moody Coliseum, while Incarnate Word is 4-1 at the McDermott Convocation Center.

"These will be two tough games," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "Abilene Christian does everything well. They are legit. Incarnate Word is tough to beat at home. We are going to have to work hard to get two wins."

Renata Marquez leads Abilene Christian in scoring, averaging 13.3 points per game. The Wildcats are not afraid to fire away from long distance, connecting on an average of 9.3 3-pointers per game.

Incarnate Word is led by Rose Whitehead, who averages 14.4 points per game. The Cardinals have made just 60 3-pointers this season.

Saturday's game against Incarnate Word will be Harmony's 200th game as a coach. Harmony, who is in her first season at Lamar, is 142-56 all-time.

Thursday's game at Abilene Christian will air on www.LamarCardinals.com. Saturday's game at Incarnate Word will air on KLVI (AM 560) and be simulcast on LamarCardinals.com.

Following this week's games, Lamar will play five of its next six at home, starting with a meeting with Houston Baptist, another Southland Conference newcomer, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

"It will be nice to have some home games," Harmony said. "We finish the season with seven of our final 10 games at home. That could be big for us."

For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com.





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