Lady Cards look to extend winning streak
Feb. 14, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar University women's basketball team attempts to extend its winning streak to a season-best four games when it travels to Hammond, La., to take on Southeastern Louisiana in a Southland Conference game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Lamar (13-11 overall, 5-5 Southland) has won three straight for the third time this season. The Lady Cardinals are tied for sixth place with Texas State in the overall conference standings with six games remaining. The top eight teams qualify for next month's Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, Texas.
Lamar comes in off of two dominating wins, an 82-61 victory at Northwestern State and a 70-52 home decision over Nicholls on Saturday.
"Defense has been the biggest factor in our last three games," said Taylor Hays, who had a career-high 18 points against Northwestern State and followed it up with 11 points against Nicholls.
The Lady Cardinals are 4-2 since Gia Ayers moved into the starting slot at point guard. Ayers is averaging 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game over that span, while leading the team with 29 assists (against only 16 turnovers) and 12 steals.
"We're beginning to come together as a team," Ayers said. "We're trusting each other as teammates, and we're really showing a lot of improvement."
This is the second meeting of the season between the teams. Southeastern Louisiana came away with a 69-61 win at Lamar on Feb. 1. The Lions lead the overall series with Lamar 18-13. Lamar has not won in Hammond since a 59-58 victory on March 4, 2007.
Southeastern Louisiana (9-14, 4-6) is led by Aja Gibson, who averages a team-best 11.7 points per game and is seconding in rebounding at 7.0 per game. The Lions have won two in a row and four of their last five games.
Wednesday's game will be aired live on LamarCardinals.com.
Following Wednesday's game, Lamar returns home to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 2 p.m. Saturday. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit LamarCardinals.com.