Women's hoops heads to New Mexico for two games

GO CARDINALS Gia Ayers had a career-high 30 points in Lamar's last game.
Gia Ayers had a career-high 30 points in Lamar's last game.

Nov. 27, 2013

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Lamar Lady Cardinals continue their longest road swing of the season this weekend as they are in Las Cruces for two games at the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic hosted by New Mexico State.

The Lady Cardinals (3-3) face Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 2 p.m. Friday and Northern Illinois at noon Saturday. Both games will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com. Lamar is 1-1 on its five-game road sojourn.

The games are the first-ever meetings between Lamar and its two opponents.

Lamar hopes to bounce back from a heartbreaking 82-79 loss at SMU on Monday, a contest that saw the Lady Cardinals rally from a 19-point deficit only to have a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer bounce out. Gia Ayers had a career-high 30 points for Lamar in the loss, the most points by a Lady Cardinals since Jenna Plumley scored 36 points against Texas State on March 2, 2011.

Dominique Edwards leads Lamar in scoring (17.7 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg). Ayers averages 13.7 points per game, while Shauna Long is averaging 10.5 points per game off the bench.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee is 1-3 following its loss at New Mexico on Tuesday. The Panthers are led by Angela Rodriguez, who averages 17.8 points per game, and Avyanna Young, who has averages of 15.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

Northern Illinois, which enters the weekend with a 2-2 record, is led by Amanda Corral, who averages 12.3 points per game. The Huskies have connected on just 11 3-pointers this season, while Lamar has drained 54 treys.

"We have two good matchups this weekend," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "Hopefully, we can come home with two wins."

Following this weekend's games, the Lady Cardinals take a break for exams before traveling to Missouri State for a Dec. 15 contest. The next home game for Lamar is 6 p.m. Dec. 18 against Texas State.






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