Lady Cardinal point guard earns national honor

Kiandra Bowers

Lamar University senior post player Kiandra Bowers was chosen by College Sports Madness as the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 28.

Bowers averaged 18 points and nine rebounds over two games as the Cardinals claimed non-conference wins over Northern Arizona and Canisius. Bowers had her second double-double of the season and ninth of her career with an 18-point, 10-rebound effort in a 65-51 win at Canisius in Buffalo, New York.

Bowers is tied for fourth in the conference in rebounding with an average of 9.0 boards per game, and is 11th in scoring at 13.3 points per game. She is averaging 3.2 steals per game, which is good for fifth in the conference.

The 65-51 road win over Canisius on Nov. 26 was Robin Harmony’s 50th win at Lamar.

The Cardinals, who are 3-3 in the conference, return to action Sunday, Dec. 4, at noon when they host Southwestern University. General admission tickets are $1.

Men’s basketball

The Cards will travel to San Francisco on Friday, Dec. 2, with tipoff at 9 p.m., then play at DePaul in Chicago on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m.

Football

Senior Brendan Langley was named first-team All-Southland Conference as a defensive back and punt return specialist. In addition to Langley, four other Cardinals were named to the 2016 All-Southland teams as voted on by the league head coaches and media relations directors.

Langley was joined on the team by classmates Xavier Bethany, Koby Couron, Kade Harrington and DeAndre Jennings. Bethany garnered second-team recognition, while Couron, Harrington and Jennings received an honorable mention nod.

A versatile athlete, Langley impacted all three phases of the game during his career with the Cardinals. Transferring to LU as receiver, he converted to the defensive side of the ball midway through his junior campaign. Langley spent the whole 2016 season at corner and became one of the nation’s best.

Langley led the Southland and ranked among the nation’s top 10 in interceptions per game. His six interceptions on the season tied for the second most in the country.

Langley tied a school record with three interceptions in the squad’s victory over Southeastern Louisiana to earn conference defensive player of the week honors. His three-interception game equaled an outcome that had only been seen two other times in program history. The other two Cardinals to record three picks in a game are Donald Rawls (1983) and Pat Gibbs (1971).

Langley also became the first player in program history to return two punts for scores in a single game, earning Southland Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his performance against Incarnate Word. He is one of just four athletes nationally to return at least two punts for touchdowns this past season.

Bethany has been one of the Southland’s top safeties during his four-year career. The Burton, Texas, native finished third in the league with 103 tackles (9.4 pg). He teamed with Langley to create one of the more intimidating defensive backfields in school history. Bethany ranked fourth in the Southland in interceptions and was also among the league leaders in passes defended as a senior.

Harrington, the school’s all-time leading rusher, had his season cut short midway through the year. Despite the injury, Harrington still rushed for 636 yards and four touchdowns and hauled in nine passes for 120 yards.

Soccer

The Lamar University women’s soccer program is offering a pair of soccer camps in December. A winter ID camp, designed for female high school players looking to continue their playing career in college, is set for Dec. 10. A three-day camp for boys and girls from ages 5-13 is set for Dec. 19-21.

The winter ID camp will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with check-in getting underway at 8:30 a.m. Campers will receive coaching and evaluation from college coaches, and will learn what it takes to be a college soccer player. Players will be grouped by age and skill level. All players must bring a ball, water bottle and shin guards. The cost is $125 per player.

The boys and girls camp will provide youth players with three days of instruction from Lamar University coaches and student-athletes. Campers are required to bring their own cleats, water bottle, athletic shoes, sunscreen and an extra T-shirt. All campers will receive a camp T-shirt.

Check-in for the boys and girls camp will be at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 19. The camp for players ages 5 and 6 runs from 1-3 p.m. each day, while the sessions for players ages 7-13 will run from 1-4:30 p.m. The cost is $75 for players ages 5-6 and $135 for youths from ages 7 to 13.

Lamar University women’s soccer coach Steve Holeman oversees the camps. Holeman, who enters his second season at LU, has more than 20 years of head coaching experience in the SEC, taking his teams to the NCAA Tournament on six occasions.

To register online, view lamarsoccercamp.com.

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