Lady Cards had to Sam Houston State
Feb. 8, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals look to keep their hopes for a Southland Conference title alive when they travel to league-leading Sam Houston State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Lamar (15-6 overall, 8-3 Southland) is 1½ games behind the Bearkats (13-9, 9-1). A win would pull Lamar to within a half-game of the Bearkats with six games remaining and even the season series at a game apiece. A Sam Houston State win would put the Bearkats 2½ games ahead of Lamar and give the Bearkats the first tiebreaker by virtue of a sweep of the season series.
Lamar brings a three-game winning streak into Saturday's game following a 68-46 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi behind 21 points and 11 rebounds from Kalis Loyd, her sixth double-double of the season and 24th of her career. Loyd, Lamar's all-time leading scorer with 1,795 points, had 20 points in the earlier meeting with Sam Houston State this season, a 59-57 come-from-behind win for the Bearkats.
Loyd leads Lamar in scoring at 18.2 points per game and in rebounding at 7.3 per contest.
Sam Houston State, winners of six straight, claimed a 60-53 home win over McNeese State on Thursday. Britni Martin leads the Bearkats in scoring at 17.0 points per game. Sequeena Thomas averages 13.6 points per game and is third in the nation in rebounding at 12.9 per game.
"Sam Houston State is a very balanced team," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "They are loaded at each position. They can beat you inside with a strong post game, or bury you with a barrage of 3-point shots from the perimeter."
Saturday's game will air live on KLVI (AM 560) and be simulcast on www.LamarCardinals.com. Following Saturday's game, Lamar opens its last and longest homestand of the season, a five-game stretch starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday when Houston Baptist comes to the Montagne Center for the final con-conference game of the season. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit http://www.lamarcardinals.com/tickets/whoops-tickets.html.