Women's basketball travels to HBU on Friday
Dec. 20, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals look to move above the .500 mark on the road when they travel to Houston Baptist for a non-conference women's basketball game at 6 p.m. Friday (Radio: KLVI, AM 560). The contest is the first of a four-game road swing for the Lady Cardinals.
Lamar (6-2) is 2-2 on the road this season, with wins over Ole Miss and Louisiana-Monroe sandwiched between losses at national-champion Baylor and Texas Tech. Lamar comes off a 64-19 win over Northwood (Texas) on Tuesday. The 19 points allowed marked the third-best defensive effort in Lamar history and the best since the Lady Cardinals became an NCAA program in the 1982-83 season.
Kalis Loyd leads Lamar in scoring at 16.8 points per game and in rebounding at 8.1 boards per game. Loyd enters the game with 1,565 career points, just six behind Carol Sims for second place on Lamar's all-time list. Uirannah Jackson holds the Lamar record with 1,730 points.
The Lady Cardinals enter the game with an RPI of 12 (out of 345 Division I teams), the highest-ranking ever in program history.
Houston Baptist (2-10) is on a seven-game losing streak following Monday's 79-58 loss at Southern Utah. Shanice Steenholdt leads Houston Baptist in scoring (16.8) and rebounding (10.1).
Lamar leads the overall series 2-0. The Lady Cardinals were 73-40 winners at Houston Baptist last season. This is the first of two meetings between the schools this season. Houston Baptist, which will join Lamar in the Southland Conference next season, is at the Montagne Center on Feb. 13.
Following the Houston Baptist game, Lamar is idle until a Dec. 30 non-conference game at Rice. Lamar opens Southland Conference play with games at Stephen F. Austin on Jan. 3 and Northwestern State on Jan. 5 before returning home to host Southeastern Louisiana at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7.