March 15, 2011
Lamar-Arkansas Game Notes in PDF Format
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar University women's basketball team will look for its first national postseason win in 20 years when it takes on the Arkansas Razorbacks at 7:05 p.m. Thursday in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Razorbacks were the last team Lamar knocked off in a national postseason contest, as the Lady Cardinals posted a 91-75 win over Arkansas in the third round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas.
"Arkansas has a very good team," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "They're a big team, and they like to press. I think it's going to be a very fast-paced game."
Arkansas (19-11) finished with a 6-10 record in the SEC before losing in the first round of the SEC tourney to Florida. That proved to be a costly loss as Lyndsay Harris, the team's leading 3-point shooter, went down with a season-ending knee injury.
C'eira Ricketts, a 5-foot-9 junior guard, leads Arkansas in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Ricketts has handed out a team-best 108 assists on the season. Sarah Watkins, a 6-3 center, averages 13.0 ppg.
Jenna Plumley leads Lamar in scoring at 15.7 ppg. Plumley, who averages 5.5 assists per game, is third in the nation in steals at 3.5 per game.
Kalis Loyd (15.5 ppg) and Monique Whittaker (13.4 ppg) also average in double figures for the Lady Cardinals (25-7).
The winner of Thursday's game will meet the winner of the Rice at Missouri State game that is also scheduled for Thursday. Dates for second-round games are March 19-21.
Thursday's game will be aired live on KLVI (AM 560) and simulcast on the official Web site of Lamar athletics: www.LamarCardinals.com.