Ten Lamar University regular-season women’s basketball games will be aired live on KLVI (AM 560) this season. In addition, KLVI will air all Lady Cardinal postseason contests.
“I’m excited that KLVI will be doing Lady Cardinals games this season,” said KLVI news and sports director Harold Mann. “The Lady Cardinals are very successful, and we are looking forward to having Lamar women’s basketball as part of our schedule.”
KLVI’s first broadcast will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 when Lamar travels to Houston Baptist. The remainder of the regular-season games will all be Saturday Southland Conference games, starting with the Jan. 5 contest at Northwestern State. In addition to the game broadcasts, Lamar women’s basketball coach Larry Tidwell has a weekly show every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. on KLVI.
“I think it’s great that our games will be on KLVI and will reach a wide audience,” Tidwell said. “I have always said that KLVI is the official radio station of the Lady Cardinals, and this just further stamps that brand.”
The KLVI broadcasts will be simulcast on Lamar’s website, lamarcardinals.com. All remaining women’s basketball games will be Internet-only broadcasts on the Lamar website.
Games broadcasted will be Houston Baptist (Dec. 21, 6 p.m.); Northwestern State (Jan. 5, 1 p.m.); Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Jan. 12, 4 p.m.); McNeese State (Jan. 19, 1 p.m.); Central Arkansas (Jan. 26, 2 p.m.); Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 2, 4 p.m.); McNeese State (Feb. 16, 4 p.m.); Oral Roberts (March 2, 4 p.m.); and Southeastern Louisiana (March 9, 2 p.m.).
The Cards dropped two road games last week, losing to Baylor 85-68 on Dec. 12 and Texas-Pan American 75-70 on Dec. 15 to fall to 1-10.
In the loss to Baylor, three cards scored in double figures including Amos Wilson (21), Rhon Mitchell (19) and Donley Minor (17). Isaiah Austin led the Bears (6-3) with 23 points and 17 rebounds.
In the loss to UTPA (4-7), Minor and Wilson each scored 15 while Stan Brown added 11 points. Jesus Delgado led UTPA with 17.
The Cards will next play Dec. 29 at home vs. LIU-Brooklyn at 2 p.m.
After earning All-Region honors, sophomore Kristin Bos was a first-team selection on the Southland Conference All-Academic Women’s Soccer team. The Valencia, Calif., native is the first Lamar women’s soccer player named to the first team. In addition, Lamar had four players named to the second team this year.
Bos, who is majoring in family and consumer science, has a 3.61 grade-point average. On the field, the midfielder was second on the team in scoring with 26 points on 11 goals and four assists.
Representing Lamar on the second team were senior forward Lorna Maudslay, senior defender Jennifer Torry, junior defender Amber Thornhill and sophomore goalkeeper Bailey Fontenot.
Maudslay, a native of York, England, appeared in all 21 games, collecting six points on one goal and four assists. Maudslay carries a 3.62 GPA while majoring in physical therapy.
Torry, a native of Langley, British Columbia, has a 4.00 GPA in English. On the field, she appeared in all 21 games and picked up one assist. This is the second consecutive season Torry was named to the second team.
Thornhill, from Katy, has a 3.75 GPA in accounting. She started all 21 games for the Lady Cardinals, playing a team-best 1,851 minutes. She had one goal and one assist for 3 points.
Fontenot, from Beaumont, has a 3.66 GPA in nursing. On the field she set school records with 11 wins, a 1.18 goals-against average and a save percentage of .844. She tied a school record with six shutouts.
“I’m extremely proud of these five student-athletes,” said head coach Orlando Cervantes. “They succeeded on the field, but more importantly in the classroom. Getting a quality education is the primary reason they came to Lamar.”
For the 17th time since the Lamar volleyball program re-joined the SLC in 1998, a Lady Cardinal was honored with a spot on the conference’s All-Academic Team as Megan Schwartz took home second-team honors.
Schwartz, who currently carries a 4.0 grade point average in social work, is in the middle of her third year on campus and just completed her second season playing for the Red and White. The Tomball native led the Lady Cards with 350 digs in 25 matches to go along with 27 service aces while playing primarily at the libero position. She is the first LU player to earn a spot on the Academic team since the 2010 season.
Dating back to 1987, Lamar has now placed 59 athletes on an all-academic volleyball team.
Head coach David Wong announced the 2013 tennis schedule, which includes Lamar hosting the SLC Championship at the Thompson Family Tennis Center in April.
“I think it’s a very balanced schedule,” said Wong. “There are five for-sure ranked teams with possibly a couple more, and it’s spread throughout the schedule. I think it’s a good schedule for us and something that will let us see how we measure up. I’m looking forward to the spring season.”
The spring will begin with four consecutive road matches, starting with a pair of non-conference tilts in Houston against Rice on Jan. 18 and then Arkansas two days later.
“Rice and Arkansas are two tough opponents for us, and I think it will be a good early test,” Wong said. “It’s a good opportunity for the girls to compete against bigger schools, and I think it could be a nice indicator of where we’re going to be at this season.”
Also scheduled during the non-conference portion are trips to Tarleton and North Texas, and home matches with Tyler Junior College on Feb. 15 and Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 15.
“Tyler Junior College has always been a top junior college program, and we’ll play them twice so we can get some matches in before conference,” said Wong. “Lafayette is always a good opponent for us, and these are the kind of matches that can help get the girls ready for regular competition.”
Matches against Illinois State and UTEP in El Paso will close out the month before a home meeting with Arkansas State on March 3. The Southland slate will begin a week later as McNeese State will make the short trek to Beaumont from Lake Charles.
The SLC Tournament will take place April 25-27.