Montagne Center court gets facelift

Montagne Center baketball court

The men’s and women’s basketball teams stepped on the new court at the Montagne Center for the first time Oct. 27.

“We are extremely proud of Tubbs Court and the renovation to it,” said Director of Athletics Jason Henderson. “It is very unique to Lamar University and very unique period. It allows us to proudly display our new social media rebrand as well as show the pride we have in the state of Texas. With the new goals we picked up over the summer, it will be a whole new look when fans come to enjoy Cardinals basketball.”

The first thing fans will notice when they walk in Montagne Center is the state of Texas located at midcourt with the Lamar University logo on top of the state. Just below the state of Texas is the signature of Billy and Pat Tubbs, who the court was named after in 2011.

Each end of the court is stained darker within the three-point arc, with the block LU logo on both ends. A red and white Southland Conference logo is in the free throw lanes. Each baseline is highlighted by the words “Lamar Cardinals.” The sideline displays “@LamarAthletics,” the athletics department’s primary social outlet, which launched in August, to go along with the university website and logo on the opposite sideline.

In addition to the court redesign, the Montagne Center also added two new goals for the upcoming season. The goals, which came from New York following the NCAA Championships (Syracuse Regional), were shipped to Beaumont following the conclusion of the tournament. The new standards replaced the ones that were in the Montagne Center since it opened.

Women’s hoops

Lamar senior guard JaMeisha Edwards tops the first team of the Southland Conference’s preseason all-conference squad for women’s basketball.

Edwards led LU with averages of 16.1 points and 2.3 steals per game last season after she returned from an injury.

Edwards enters her senior season with 790 points as she tries to become the 13th player in program history to score 1,000 points in an LU uniform.

“We’re happy that JaMeisha is back and leading our team,” said head coach Robin Harmony. “We’re counting on her leadership as a fifth-year senior. We’re hoping she can pick up where she left off last season.”

The Cardinals, who were 17-13 overall last season, open the 2015-16 season at national power Oklahoma State on Nov. 13 and will play their first home game Nov. 19 vs. Louisiana College.

Football

LU football lost its second consecutive Southland Conference game to fall to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play when Central Arkansas rolled the Cards on Oct. 24 by the score of 35-17 in front of a rain-soaked crowd of 6,476 at Provost Umphrey Stadium.

Junior running back Kade Harrington, who last week was named to the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Year (formerly known as the Walter Payton Award) Watch List, ran for 243 yards on 24 carries with two scores, but it wasn’t near enough as Central Arkansas’ Blake Veasley stole the show with 292 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

“You have to give Central Arkansas all the credit,” said head coach Ray Woodard. “They are the better football team. I was impressed with them on film, and I’m impressed with them in person. Similar to last week, we got down in the first half, and just like last week, we fought back. When you get down that big, you’re not giving yourself a good chance to win.”

“It’s very frustrating because we’re working hard, and we play hard,” said Woodard. “But we’re making too many mistakes and just not playing well as a unit at times.”

The Cardinals were led defensively by four players with double-digit tackles. Seniors Ronnie Jones and Xavier Bethany each had 14 tackles. Classmate Seth Ellis added 11 tackles, including two for losses, while junior Larance Hale added 10.

LU will travel to Houston on Saturday, Oct. 31, to play lowly Houston Baptist, who is winless on the season with an 0-5 record. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

Volleyball

The Lady Cards dropped to 13-10 overall and 3-6 in Southland Conference play last weekend, losing 3-0 to Northwestern State on Oct. 22 and 3-1 to Stephen F. Austin on Oct. 24.

In the loss to Northwestern State, both Chelsea Grant and Cortney Moore had kills in the double-digits, and freshman Ivette Dim finished the match with four kills.

In the loss to SFA, Nicole Parish had a career day with 19 kills and a .275 hitting percentage. Carlyn Stella earned her first start since a match at Rice on Sept. 1.

LU will hit the road for the next several games, including a Thursday, Oct. 29, match at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6:30 p.m. Lamar will then travel to Houston Baptist on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. and come back east to Nacogdoches to play SFA on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

Soccer

After a 2-1 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Oct. 23, the Lady Cards match Oct. 25 at Houston Baptist was postponed due to inclement weather and was played Oct. 29.

LU (6-11-1, 2-6-1) will finish the season at McNeese State on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.

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