Dec. 4, 2004
BEAUMONT - After narrowly missing out on an upset bid of Oklahoma on Thursday, the Lamar women's basketball team returns to action Sunday night with a 7 p.m. non-conference game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Montagne Center.
The Lady Cardinals enter the game with a 3-1 record, while the Islanders boast a 5-1 overall mark. TAMU-CC holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time series after sweeping a pair of games in the 2000-01 season. Lamar fell to the Islanders 75-67 in Corpus Christi and 83-59 in Beaumont.
In their last time out, the Lady Cardinals came up short in a 60-42 loss at the University of Oklahoma. Senior Demela Lowe scored a team-high 11 points and freshman Chelsea Gugliotta grabbed nine boards in the game.
For the season, Lamar is led by sophomore LaToya Carson with averages of 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. She also leads the team with 10 steals and ranks second with a 54.5 field goal percentage. Junior Audrea Samuel is second on the squad with 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. She also carries the defensive load with five blocks and six steals on the year.
Gugliotta, a native of Bicknell, Indiana, is the team-leader with 7.5 rebounds per game, while ranking third on the team with 8.3 points per contest. She has seven steals on the season and totes a 52.0 field goal percentage.
As a team, the Lady Cards average 68.8 points while surrendering only 47.2 points per game. LU opponents are shooting just 26.9 percent from the floor and Lamar is averaging 55.2 rebounds each time out.
Lamar is in the midst of its best home start since the 1999-2000 team. All three of the Lady Cardinals' wins have come in the friendly confines of the Montagne Center by an average margin of 34.7 points per game. LU will look to continue that trend Sunday against a tough Corpus Christi squad.
TAMU-Corpus Christi, which posted a 19-9 record last year, is one win shy of matching its best start in the five-plus seasons of the program. The Islanders are led by Terra Andrews, who averages 13.2 points and 8.0 rebounds, and Lindsey Van Dorn with 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds. Jackie Ododa is the top rebounder (13.7 rpg) and ranks third in scoring (10.2 ppg).
As a team, TAMU-CC averages 73.0 points and 50.8 rebounds per game. In their season opener, the Islanders knocked off Southland Conference member, Texas-San Antonio, 66-44 in San Antonio.
The Lady Cardinals will continue home play on Wednesday, Dec. 8 with a 7 p.m. outing against LeTourneau University. It will be the second of four consecutive home games for Lamar.