Jan. 25, 2006
BEAUMONT, Texas -
After a thrilling overtime win over Northern Colorado on Sunday night, the Lamar University women's basketball team will look to make it two in a row, and snap a four-game skid in Southland Conference play, when they host the Nicholls State Lady Colonels Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Montagne Center.
The Lady Cardinals enter the game with a 6-9 record, after their 72-71 overtime victory over the Northern Colorado Bears on Sunday night. Lamar is 1-4 in Southland Conference play, having dropped their last four contests. Nicholls enters the contest with a 2-15 season record and a 1-5 mark in SLC play. Their last action was against UT-Arlington, who they fell to 60-40.
Lamar has been led by Junior LaToya Carson who is averaging 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, both of which a team-highs. She also leads the team with 25 steals and 30 assists. She is coming off a season-high scoring performance on Sunday night when she poured in 25 points against Northern Colorado.
Senior forward Audrea Samuel, who is 16 points shy of becoming the eighth player in Lady Cardinal history, is averaging 12.8 points per game while blocking a Southland Conference-best 38 shots. Sophomore Chelsea Gugliotta is averaging 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while Bridgette Brackens is averaging 5.9 points per contest. Sophomore Shaquita Coffey has also stepped up, averaging 4.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
For the season, the Lady Cardinals have been outscored by their opponents 68.1 to 65.2 this season while shooting .392 from the field and .282 from behind the three point line. Lamar is tied with their opponents 38.9 rebounds per game on average this season.
The Lady Colonels, whose one win in conference play came against McNeese State who is also Lamar's only conference win, are led by Jamie Octave who is averaging 13.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while Katherine Plummer is averaging 11.1 points per game.
Nicholls is averaging 50.7 points per game while allowing an average of 72.7 points to their opponents. They are shooting .344 from the field, and .283 from behind the three point arc, while being out rebounded by their opponents 44.6 to 30.5 rebounds per contest.