Women's basketball opens two-game road swing on Thursday
Feb. 6, 2013
The Lamar Lady Cardinals will face both ends of the Southland Conference spectrum on a two-game road swing this week.
Lamar (14-6 overall, 7-3 Southland) is at last-place Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 5 p.m. Thursday before meeting league-leading Sam Houston State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Lamar enters the weekend in a three-way tie for second place with McNeese State and Oral Roberts, 1 ½ games behind Sam Houston State.
"We have to be prepared for a very physical game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "They are having trouble scoring, but they can rebound. We're going to have to be strong in transition defense. We've talked about taking it one game at a time and not looking past them."
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-19, 0-9) has lost 10 straight games entering Thursday's contests. The Islanders did a throw a scare into Lamar on Jan. 12, leading at halftime at the Montagne Center before the Lady Cardinals rallied for a 44-37 win behind 12 points from Gia Ayers and Alice Robinson.
Lamar was without its all-time leading scorer Kalis Loyd, in that game. Loyd, who leads Lamar in scoring (18.1) and rebounding (7.1), enters the weekend with 1,774 career points.
The Islanders are led by Janae Blount, who averages 8.3 points per game. As a team, A&M-Corpus Christi is averaging 46.9 points per game, ranking them 342nd out of 343 teams.
The Islanders are guided by Royce Chadwick, who is in his first year with the program. Chadwick, who has had stops at Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, and Marshall among other places, is 562-321 overall as a coach and 366-256 at Division I.
"They are a well-coached team," Tidwell said of the Islanders. "We saw at our place how tough they can be."