Dec. 7, 2004
BEAUMONT - The Lamar Lady Cardinal basketball team will look to get back on the winning track Wednesday night, as it host LeTourneau University at 7 p.m. for a non-conference showdown at the Montagne Center.
Lamar enters the game with a 3-2 overall record, while LeTourneau carries a season mark of 1-5. The Lady Cardinals lead the all-time season series, 1-0, after picking up a 62-50 win in Beaumont on Nov. 26, 2003.
The Lady Cards are looking to rebound from a disappointing 75-49 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday, Dec. 5 in the Montagne Center. Despite a career-high 16 points from freshman Shaquita Coffey, Lamar lost at home for the first time of the 2004-05 season.
Coffey, a 6-1 forward from Beaumont, ranks third on the team in scoring (8.0 ppg) and tied for third in rebounding (5.6 rpg). Sophomore LaToya Carson leads the LU offense with 10.8 points per game, which puts her 14th in the Southland Conference standings. She also averages 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per outing, while boasting a 47.6 field goal percentage.
Freshman sensation Chelsea Gugliotta ranks fourth on the team in scoring (7.2 ppg) and leads the club with 6.8 rebounds a game. The Bicknell, Indiana native is eighth in the conference in rebounds and her 2.2 steals per game is tied for ninth in the league.
As a team, the Lady Cardinals continue to rank among the SLC elite in several categories. LU currently leads the way in scoring defense (52.8 ppg), scoring margin (+12.0 ppg), field goal percentage defense (30.6%), three-point field goal percentage defense (23.3%), rebounding (51.6 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.0 rpg) and steals (15.0 spg).
LeTourneau is led by fourth-year head coach Jamy Bechler, who has a career record of 28-56. LTU is in the midst of a three-game losing streak after winning its American Southwest Conference opener, 79-62, at Schreiner University on Nov. 27.
The Lady Jackets are led by sophomore Katrina Visina with 17 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Junior guard Marissa Coop runs the offense and averages 6.2 points and a team-best 6.3 assists per game. LeTourneau's top rebounder is junior starter Kim Mahone (5.3 rpg) and Coop is the top shooter with a 95.5 field goal percentage.
Lamar continues its four-game homestand on Saturday with a 2 p.m. non-conference contest against the Ladies of Centenary College. It will be the third of four-straight home games for the Lady Cardinals and it will be part of a men's and women's doubleheader. The LU men host Arkansas Tech at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Both games will be at the Montagne Center.