Lady Cards fall to rival McNeese State
BEAUMONT, Texas – Kalis Loyd’s seventh double-double of the season and 5th of her career wasn’t enough for the Lamar Lady Cardinals in a 65-46 loss to the McNeese State Cowgirls in a Southland Conference women’s basketball game Saturday.
Loyd finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Lamar (17-7 overall, 9-4 overall), but the Lady Cardinals saw their five-game winning streak snapped.
“Some days when it rains, it pours,” Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. “We’re still a good team, and we’ll bounce back.”
Lamar never held the lead in the game, as the Cowgirls (13-11, 8-5) scored the first seven points of the game. McNeese State led by as many as 20 points in the opening half, and carried a 381-9 lead into intermission. The Lady Cardinals were 6-of-25 (24.0 percent) in the first half, while McNeese State was 16-of-30 (53.3 percent) from the floor, including 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from 3-point range.
“We got some good looks, but we weren’t getting our shots to fall,” Tidwell said. “Give McNeese State credit. They were the better team today.”
Lamar played even with the Cowgirls evenly in the second half, but never got closer than 14 points after the break. Lamar stepped up its defense in the final 20 minutes, holding the Cowgirls to 6-of-23 shooting from the field (26.1 percent).
“It’s tough to dig yourself out of a hole like that,” Tidwell said. “We played much better in the second half.”
With the loss Lamar dropped into a tie for second place with Sam Houston State, a half-game behind Oral Roberts, which moved into first place with a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Lamar and Sam Houston State are both 9-4 in the conference, while Oral Roberts is 10-4.
Ashlyn Bagett led McNeese State with 19 points. Caitlyn Baggett had 15 points for the Cowgirls, while Allison Baggett added 10 points.
Dominique Edwards had seven points for Lamar. Gia Ayers handed out a game-high six assists for the Lady Cardinals.
Lamar returns home at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to host Nicholls in a Southland Conference game.
“Every game is important,” Tidwell said. We can’t worry about what other teams do. We just have to take care of our own business.”Friday, February 22 2013, 06:03 PM CST