Lady Cards open two-game road swing Monday at Ole Miss
Nov. 17, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar University Lady Cardinals, fresh off a pair of convincing home victories, open a two-game road swing at 7 p.m. Monday at Mississippi. Lamar is at Louisiana-Monroe at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Lamar (2-1) outscored its opponents by a combined 175-72 with an 87-42 win over UT Tyler and an 88-30 triumph over Centenary to run its non-conference winning streak at the Montagne Center to 35 games.
"The two wins gave us some confidence," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "However, we know that these will be two tough games. We have to be ready."
Tidwell enters the road trip with 108 wins at Lamar, just one behind the school record of 109 set by Pat Park. Tidwell, in his sixth season at Lamar, is 108-56.
"I don't think about the record," Tidwell said. "That will be nice when I'm retired, but right now, my focus is on getting us back to the NCAA Tournament."
Kalis Loyd leads Lamar in scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.7 rpg). Her 1,478 career points are just five behind Brittney Williams for third place on the all-time Lamar list. Loyd is closing in on the school record of 1,730 points held by Uirannah Jackson.
Mississippi (2-0) opened its season with a pair of home wins over Southland Conference members. Mississippi was a 95-85 winner over Southeastern Louisiana and a 67-51 winner over Northwestern State.
Diara Moore leads the Rebels in scoring at 19.0 points per game. Mississippi leads the overall series 2-1, but Lamar was a 67-58 winner over the Rebels last season at the Montagne Center.
Louisiana-Monroe is 0-3 following its 85-60 loss to Nicholls of the Southland Conference on Friday. Ashleigh Simmons leads the Warhawks in scoring at 14.0 ppg. Louisiana-Monroe leads the all-time series with Lamar 27-6, but the Lady Cardinals have won the last three meetings, including a 70-68 win at the Montagne Center last season.
Lamar returns home to host Our Lady of the Lake at 7 p.m. Nov. 26.
Both games of the road trip will be aired live on www.LamarCardinals.com.