Lady Cards open SLC play with two wins

Dominique Edwards

After beating Nicholls State 67-62 at home to begin Southland Conference play, the Lady Cardinals basketball team traveled to New Orleans on Jan. 5 and defeated New Orleans 64-54 to improve to 5-8 overall and more importantly, 2-0 in league play.

“Any win is a good win, especially on the road,” Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. “We are working hard on defense, and it’s paying off.”

Dominique Edwards vaulted into 10th place on Lamar’s all-time rebounding list and moved ever closer to 1,000 points for her career in the win at New Orleans.

Edwards had nine rebounds, giving her 566 for her career, moving past Audrea Samuel’s 558 rebounds. Her 15 points give her 929 for her career, as she looks to become the 12th player in program history with 1,000 points and just the eighth with at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

JaMeisha Edwards had a game-high 17 points for Lamar while Baileigh O’Dell finished with 11 points.

Lamar returns to action at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 8, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-7) and will return home Monday, Jan. 13, to host Central Arkansas (8-4) at 7 p.m.

“We’re off to a good start in the conference,” Harmony said. “We have to keep it going.”

The men’s team wasn’t so lucky in the Big Easy. The Cards (7-7, 1-1) shot 51 percent from the field in the second half and rallied from a first-half double-digit deficit to take the lead, but New Orleans was able to hang on for the 72-67 win. The loss snapped Lamar’s five-game win streak.

“Give New Orleans all the credit in the world,” said head coach Tic Price. “They came out with more intensity than us, especially in the first half. I know people will want to look at certain plays or missed opportunities, but we got beat 44-30 on the boards. You can’t allow that to happen and win in this league. We will get that corrected.”

After hitting only seven field goals in the opening half, the Cardinals finished the night shooting 23-of-56 (.411) from the field, but the biggest stat of the night was rebounding. UNO beat Lamar on the glass, 44-30. The UNO reserves also outscored Lamar’s bench, 18-5.

The Cardinals finished the night with four players in double digits led by 17 from senior Tyran de Lattibeaudiere. Classmate Anthony Holliday chipped in 15, while freshman Kevin Booze added 12.

The Privateers were 23-of-51 (.451) from the field and finished the night with four players in double digits. Christavious Gill and Nate Frye led the Privateers with 14 points, while Nederland native Colton Weisbrod finished the night with 10 points and five rebounds.

LU returns home Saturday, Jan 10, to host winless Central Arkansas (0-12) at 6 p.m.

On Dec. 29, 2014, freshman point guard Kevin Booze was named College Sports Madness Southland Conference Player of the Week for his efforts in the win over Rice. Booze came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points on 5-of-8 (.625) shooting, including a 3-of-4 (.750) effort from beyond the arc. Booze was effective on the dribble penetration, scoring two baskets on drives, as well as finding the open man when the defense would collapse on him. He was also one of three players who recorded at least three triples as the Cardinals sank a season-high 10 three-point field goals against Rice.


— Compiled by Chad Cooper