Women's hoops hosts HBU on Thursday

GO CARDINALS Gia Ayers was named the College Sports Madness Southland Conference Player of the Week.
Gia Ayers was named the College Sports Madness Southland Conference Player of the Week.

Jan. 28, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas -The Lamar Lady Cardinals play their first home game in 19 days when they host the Houston Baptist Huskies in a Southland Conference women's basketball game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Montagne Center.

Lamar (11-8 overall, 6-2 Southland) enters the week in second place in the conference, just a half-game behind league-leading Central Arkansas. Lamar has 10 regular-season games remaining, with seven of those at home.

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Valentines may be all around, but the Lamar Lady Cardinals continue to show no love for non-conference opponents coming into the Montagne Center.

"We've done well on the road (4-2 in conference play)," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "We have to take advantage of our home games down the stretch."

The Lady Cardinals posted come-from-behind road wins at Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word last week, as Gia Ayers averaged 23 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. For her efforts, Ayers was named the College Sports Madness Southland Conference Player of the Week.

"Gia played really well in those two wins," Harmony said. "She hit some big shots in both of those games."

Houston Baptist (7-12, 3-5), which is in its first year as a member of the Southland Conference, split a pair of home games last week, knocking off New Orleans before falling to Southeastern Louisiana in double overtime. Shanice Steenholdt leads the Huskies in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Lamar has four players in the top 25 in the conference in scoring, led by Dominique Edwards, who averages 16.3 points per game. Ayers averages 14.1 points, JaMeisha Edwards averages 11.4 points and Shauna Long contributes 11.4 points per game. Ayers leads the conference in assists, averaging 4.95 per game.

Lamar leads the overall series 4-0, winning twice at home and twice at HBU's Sharp Gym. This is the only meeting of the regular season between the teams.

Thursday's game is Throwback Thursday.  Student organizations will have the opportunity to win cash prizes based on attendance, creativity, school spirit and participating in the Throwback Thursday theme.

Tickets for Thursday's game are available online at www.LamarCardinals.com. Tickets will be available at the Montagne Center ticket office on Thursday. Video for Thursday's game will be on Lamar's website at no charge.

Thursday's game is the opener of a hoops doubleheader, with the Lamar men meeting Houston Baptist in the nightcap.

Saturday, Lamar hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in another Southland Conference twin bill, with the women's game starting at 4:05 p.m. Both games will air live on KLVI (AM 560) and be shown on ESPN3.






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