Women's hoops set to face Demons

GO CARDINALS Kiandra Bowers has scored in double figures in three of Lamar's last four games.
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Kiandra Bowers has scored in double figures in three of Lamar's last four games.
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Feb. 14, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - After Thursday's heart-stopping victory over Stephen F. Austin, the Lamar Lady Cardinals hope there's nothing that can stop them now.

The 75-73 win over the Ladyjacks pushed Lamar into a first-place tie with Central Arkansas atop the Southland Conference women's basketball standings. Lamar didn't have much time to savor the win, as it immediately started preparing for Northwestern State, which comes to the Montagne Center at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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JaMeisha Edwards poured in a career-high 28 points to lead the Lamar Lady Cardinals to an 84-79 win over host Northwestern State in a Southland Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon.

Lamar (14-9 overall, 9-3 Southland) and Central Arkansas (15-8, 9-3) are one game ahead of Nicholls in the Southland standings with six regular-season games remaining before next month's conference tournament in Katy, Texas.

"We control our own destiny," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "We want to be the top seed in the tournament."

Northwestern State (13-11, 6-6) is in a three-way tie for seventh place with Sam Houston State and Oral Roberts in the conference standings. The top eight teams qualify for next month's Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, Texas.

This is the second meeting of the season between the teams. Lamar was an 84-79 winner at Northwestern State on Jan. 4, as JaMeisha Edwards poured in a career-high 28 points for the Lady Cardinals.

The Lady Demons lead the Southland Conference in turnovers, committing just 13 per game. Northwestern State was uncharacteristically sloppy in their Jan. 4 84-79 home loss to Lamar, committing 19 turnovers.

"Northwestern State is a tough team. They're very well coached," Harmony said. "They'll be dangerous because they are fighting for a spot in the conference tournament."

The Lady Demons have three players averaging in double figures in scoring, led by Trudy Armstead, who leads the team in scoring (14.2 points per game) and rebounding (6.0 rebounds per game). Keisha Lee (14.1) and Janelle Perez (10.3) also average in double figures for Northwestern State.

Gia Ayers and Dominique Edwards are tied for the Lamar lead in scoring at 15.7 points per game. Ayers, who tie a career high with 30 points in the win over Stephen F. Austin, leads the Southland Conference in assists, averaging 5.30 per game. JaMeisha Edwards (11.9) and Shauna Long (10.4) also average double figures in points for Lamar.

Kiandra Bowers has added a recent spark to the Lady Cardinals, scoring in double figures in three of Lamar's last four games. For the seasons, Bowers is averaging 6.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

"Kiandra is playing well," Harmony said. "I believe she is the best freshman in the conference. She just needs to keep it up over these last six regular-season games."

Lamar guard Shauna Long needs two 3-pointers to become the seventh player in Lady Cardinal history to can 100 treys in her career.

Saturday's game is the opening act of a doubleheader with the Lamar men's team, which meets Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Both games will air live on KLVI (AM 560) and be simulcast at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/lamar.portal.

For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com.

After the Northwestern State clash, the Lady Cardinals are idle until hosting Sam Houston State at 4 p.m. Feb. 22.

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