Dec. 10, 2013
Lamar's Game Notes
Missouri State's Notes
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals play their last road game of 2013 when they travel to Missouri State for a non-conference game at 12:05 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday's contest is the last of five straight games away from the Montagne Center for the Lady Cardinals (4-4), who are 2-2 on the extended sojourn. A win would be the 600th in the history of the Lamar women's basketball program, which started in the 1969-70 season. Lamar is 599-636 all-time.
Lamar has been idle since splitting two games at the Aggie Hotel EnCanto Classic at New Mexico State on Nov. 29-30, defeating Milwaukee before falling to Northern Illinois. The two-week hiatus between games allowed the Lady Cardinals to concentrate on final exams. The team also had four straight days off from practice.
"I think the break did us some good," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "We had a busy November. They needed a break and they could focus on their academics."
Junior forward Dominique Edwards leads Lamar in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (9.9 rpg). Senior guard Gia Ayers (14.4 ppg) and sophomore guard JaMeisha Edwards (10.1 ppg) also average in double figures for the Lady Cardinals.
After eight games, Lamar has scored 554 points and surrendered the exact same total. The Lady Cardinals are long-range threat, ranking second in the Southland Conference with 69 3-point field goals and a 3-point shooting percentage of .352.
Missouri State (1-6) has lost five straight after a 72-68 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 13. In their last outing, the Lady Bears dropped a 65-61 decision at Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 5.
Kenzie Williams leads Missouri State in scoring, averaging 17.0 points per game. Tyonna Snow averages 11.3 points per game for the Lady Bears, who have been plagued by turnover problems. Missouri State is averaging 19.9 turnovers per game, six times more per game than its opponents.
Sunday's game will be the second-ever meeting between the two programs. Missouri State posted an 83-60 home win over the Lady Cardinals on Nov. 12, 2010, in the first round of the Preseason WNIT.
Sunday's game will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com. The Lady Cardinals return home to host Texas State in a non-conference game at 6 p.m. Dec. 18. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com. Fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Dec. 18 game will receive free admission. All toys will be donated to the Women and Children's Shelter of Southeast Texas.