Jan. 28, 2005
Lamar vs. ULM Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - After snapping a four-game losing skid on Thursday with a 59-48 win over Nicholls State, the Lamar women's basketball team will look to start its third winning streak of the season on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., hosting Louisiana-Monroe in a Southland Conference game at the Montagne Center.
Lamar enters play with an 8-9 overall record and a 2-4 SLC mark. The Lady Indians are 10-7 overall with a 3-3 league record.
Saturday's contest will be the 27th all-time meeting between the two schools. The Lady Indians lead the series 23-3 and have won five straight against the Lady Cardinals. Last season, ULM swept the season series with an 86-40 win in Monroe, Louisiana and a 74-48 victory in Beaumont. Lamar is 1-11 at home, 1-12 on the road and 1-0 in neutral site contests against ULM.
In the Lady Cardinals win over NSU on Thursday, junior Audrea Samuel scored a team-high 11 points and the Lady Cardinals scored 37 second-half points to overcome a slow first-half start. Samuel, a 6-0 forward from Beaumont, knocked down 3-of-7 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws for the game. She scored 10 of her 11 points in the second half and also finished the contest with three rebounds. For the season, Samuel is averaging 9.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Sophomore LaToya Carson continues to lead the team in scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounding (5.6 rpg) and steals (25 stls.). She also ranks third in three-point shooting (39.4%) and fourth in assists (24 assts.). Freshman Chelsea Gugliotta is second on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and fourth in scoring (7.0 ppg).
LU currently tops the SLC charts in scoring margin (+6.9), field goal percentage (.408), field goal percentage defense (.333), three-point field goal percentage (.339), three-point field goal percentage defense (.244) and rebounding margin (+5.1). The Lady Cardinals are also second in scoring defense (57.8), rebounding (46.7), defensive rebounds (30.29) and blocked shots (3.88).
ULM carries the momentum of a 79-49 league win over Sam Houston on Thursday in Huntsville into Saturday's tilt. Michelle Biley leads the team with 10.8 points per game and Nina Randle ranks second with 10.7 points per contest. Biley also leads the club with 6.2 rebounds a game. She carries a 48.9 field goal percentage, which ranks second on the team, and a 75.8% clip from the free throw line. Randle, a first team all-SLC selection in 2003-04, leads the team with a 32.8 three-point percentage, but only shoots 33.3% from the field. She also leads the team in steals (58) and blocked shots (26).
The Lady Indians average 66.6 points a game and surrender 61.3 per game to opponents. As a team, ULM shoots 36.5% from the field and 69.0% from the free throw line.