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GO CARDINALS Gia Ayers had 12 points against Rice last season.
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Gia Ayers had 12 points against Rice last season.
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Dec. 26, 2013

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BEAUMONT, Texas -The Lamar Lady Cardinals close out 2013 and their non-conference schedule when they host Rice at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Montagne Center.

Lamar (5-5) returns to action for the first time since a 68-55 home victory over Texas State on Dec. 18. The Lady Cardinals took a seven-day Christmas break before returning to practice on Dec. 26.

"I think we needed to recharge our batteries," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "I think it did everyone good to get away for a while."

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Kalis Loyd reached a pair of career milestones, but it wasn't enough for the Lamar Lady Cardinals in a 62-56 non-conference women's basketball loss at Rice on Sunday.

Dominique Edwards leads Lamar in scoring at 16.8 points per game and in rebounding at 9.4 boards per contest. Gia Ayers averages 13.8 points per game for Lamar, while Shauna Long, who had a career-high 28 points in the win over Texas State, averages 11.3 points per game.

"That's one good thing about our team, we have more than one player who can step up," Harmony said. "We don't rely on just one player."

Rice (5-6) is led by Jessica Kuster, who averages 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Kuster is second in the nation with nine double-doubles.

Lamar leads the overall series 22-6. The Lady Cardinals had won four straight in the series before Rice claimed a 62-56 home-court win last season, rallying from a 13-point second-half deficit. Kalis Loyd had 19 points for Lamar, while Ayers added 12 points. Kuster had 21 points and 18 rebounds for Rice.

Kuster is the only player averaging in double figures for the Owls.  Christal Porter is second on the team in scoring at 6.5 points per game.

"Jessica Kuster is a tremendous player," Harmony said. "We know she is going to get her points. We just have to be sure that nobody else goes wild against us."

Lamar is offering a family pack of four tickets for Sunday's game for just $13. Tickets are available online at www.LamarCardinals.com. The ticket office will be open at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Free video streaming of Sunday's game is available at www.LamarCardinals.com.

Following Sunday's game, Lamar opens Southland Conference play with a pair of road contests. The Lady Cardinals are at Stephen F. Austin on Jan. 2 and Northwestern State on Jan. 4. Lamar's first two home games in conference play are 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9 against Nicholls and 4 p.m. Jan. 11 against McNeese State.

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