Women's basketball hosts HBU on Wednesday
Feb. 12, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals look to extend their Montagne Center non-conference winning streak when they host future Southland Conference foe Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Lamar (16-6 overall) has won 37 consecutive non-conference games on its home floor dating back to a 73-51 victory over Belhaven on Dec. 2, 2006. During that span, Lamar has outscored its opponents 2869-1936, for an average score of 77.5-52.3.
"The winning streak is something we take pride in," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "We want to keep that going."
The Lady Cardinals enter Wednesday's contest on a four-game winning streak, as they pulled to within a half-game of league-leading Sam Houston State with Saturday's 52-48 win over the Bearkats. Gia Ayers had career highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win, while Carenn Baylor also had a career high of 17 points.
Houston Baptist (4-18), which competes in the Great West Conference, joins the Southland Conference next season. The Huskies are led by sophomore Shanice Steenholdt, who averages 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Houston Baptist brings a five-game losing streak into Wednesday's clash.
"Houston Baptist has a strong post game," Tidwell said. "They've been close to winning quite a few games. It will be a tough game. Nothing comes easy for the Lady Cardinals."
Lamar leads the overall series 3-0, including a 68-52 win at Houston Baptist on Dec. 21, as Kalis Loyd led four players in double figures with 17 points.
Wednesday's game opens a five-game homestand for the Lady Cardinals, their longest of the season. Lamar returns to Southland Conference play by hosting McNeese State at 4 p.m. Saturday to cap off Reunion Weekend. Former Lady Cardinals' players and coaches will be honored at halftime.
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