Women's hoops looks to protect the nest

GO CARDINALS Lamar coach Robin Harmony is looking for career win 150.
GO CARDINALS
Lamar coach Robin Harmony is looking for career win 150.
GO CARDINALS

March 4, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals enter the final weekend of the season still in the hunt for the Southland Conference regular-season crown.

Lamar (16-11 overall, 11-5 Southland) is tied for second place with Stephen F. Austin, one game behind Central Arkansas with two games remaining. McNeese State and Nicholls are two games behind, creating the scenarios of a two-way, three-way, four-way or even five-way tie for the top spot. Central Arkansas and SFA meet on Saturday.

The Last Meeting
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New Orleans53
January 16, 2014
New Orleans, La.
Women's hoops rolls over New Orleans
Freshman Kiandra Bower registered her first career double-double to lead the Lamar Lady Cardinals to a convincing 80-53 win over the University of New Orleans in a Southland Conference women's basketball game Thursday evening.

The Last Meeting
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Southeastern Louisiana67
January 18, 2014
Hammond, La.
Women's hoops sees 4-game win streak end
Dominique Edwards' sixth double-double of the season went for naught as the Lamar Lady Cardinals saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in a 67-62 loss at Southeastern Louisiana in a Southland Conference women's basketball game on Saturday.

The top two teams receive byes into the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament, while the third- and fourth-place teams receive first-round byes.

The Lady Cardinals host New Orleans (0-27, 0-16) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Southeastern Louisiana (8-20, 7-9) at 4 p.m. Saturday on Senior Day. New Orleans is already eliminated from tournament contention, while Southeastern Louisiana is one game behind Oral Roberts for the eighth, and final, tournament spot.

"This is the end of the beginning. Everything we've worked for since August comes down to these two games," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "We want to be one of the top two seeds and get into the semifinals. We're at home. We have to protect the nest."

Lamar was an 80-53 winner at New Orleans on Jan. 16 behind 19 points from Gia Ayers and the first career double-double from Kiandra Bowers, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

"We didn't play well in that game," said Harmony, who is one win shy of 150 victories for her career. "We can't look past New Orleans. They have nothing to lose. It would make their season if they could come in here and beat us."

Octavia Wilson leads the Privateers in scoring, averaging 9.2 points per game.

Southeastern Louisiana claimed a 67-62 home win over Lamar on Jan. 18. Lamar shot just 34.7 percent (25-of-72) from the field that game, while the Lady Lions connected on 50 percent of their shots (27-of-54).

"That was a disappointing loss," Harmony said of the Southeastern Louisiana game. "That's one we let slip away."

Harmony is determined not to let the Lady Lions spoil Senior Day.

"In my 30 years as a coach, we've never lost on Senior Day," she said. "It's a pride thing. You have to get a win. You do whatever it takes to win on that day."

Lamar will honor seniors Ayers, Francesca Bellatin, Chantelle Brockett and Alice Robinson in ceremonies prior to Saturday's game.

Southeastern Louisiana is led by Aja Gibson, who averages 14.0 points per game. Symone Miller averages 13.6 points per game, while Nanna Pool contributes 12.1 points and a team-best 10.6 rebounds per game.

"Southeastern Louisiana is going to come in here hungry, knowing they have a chance at making the tournament," Harmony said. "It's important for us to be ready from the start."

Both of this week's games will be the opening contest of a doubleheader, with the Lamar men's team playing in the nightcap. Thursday's game can be seen and heard at www.LamarCardinals.com. Saturday's contest will air live on KLVI (Am 560) and will be available at www.LamarCardinals.com.

The first 200 students at Thursday's game will receive a free T-shirt and a free slice of pizza. Lamar students receive free admission to all games with a valid Lamar ID. Fans attending Saturday's game will receive a free sport bottle courtesy of Raymond James.

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

The Southland Conference Tournament runs from March 13-16 in Katy, Texas.

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