Feb. 7, 2014
Lamar's Game Notes
Sam Houston State's Notes
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals travel to Sam Houston State on Saturday for a game that has huge implications for both teams in the Southland Conference women's basketball standings. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m.
Lamar (12-9 overall, 7-3 Southland) is tied for second place with Nicholls, one game behind league-leading Central Arkansas with eight games remaining. Sam Houston State (10-11, 5-5) is in a three-way tie for seventh place with Northwestern State and Oral Roberts. The top eight teams qualify for next month's conference tournament in Katy, Texas.
The Last Meeting
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March 15, 2013
The top two teams get automatic byes into the semifinals, while the third- and fourth-place teams receive first-round byes.
"Every game is big now," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "We're fighting to stay at the top, and teams are looking to defeat the second-place team and strengthen their place in the standings."
Lamar and Sam Houston State have both been idle since last Saturday. Lamar rolled to an 87-72 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Sam Houston State dropped a 63-62 home decision to Houston Baptist.
"We should be well rested," Harmony said. "It's not that we're tired. It's a matter of performing."
The Lady Cardinals have four players averaging in double figures in scoring, led by Dominique Edwards at 15.9 points per game. Gia Ayers, who tied a career high with 30 points in the win over A&M-Corpus Christi, averages 15.0 points per game. Ayers lead the Southland Conference in assists, averaging 5.05 per game. JaMeisha Edwards (12.2 ppg) and Shauna Long (10.7 ppg) also average in double figures for Lamar.
The Bearkats are led by Angela Beadle, who averages 15.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-3 junior also has 30 blocked shots. Jasmine Johnson averages 11.9 points per game for the Bearkats.
"We have to keep Beadle off the boards," Harmony said. "She is a tremendous player. We have to limit her touches."
Lamar leads the overall series 27-25, but Sam Houston State won two of last season's three meetings, including a 67-61 win over Lamar in the Southland Conference semifinals.
Saturday's game will air live on KLVI (AM 560), with a simulcast at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/lamar.portal.
Following Saturday's game, Lamar returns to Beaumont for a three-game homestand, starting with a 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 clash with Northwestern State in the annual Pink Zone Game to raise awareness for breast-cancer research.