Lamar Too Much For Ladyjacks In Southland Opener
Jan. 3, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A cold-shooting second half proved to be too much for the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks to overcome in the Southland Conference opener and the Lamar Lady Cardinals took advantage by outscoring SFA 33-21 over the final 20 minutes en route to a 65-50 victory Thursday evening at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA (5-7, 0-1) shot just 29 percent (7-of-24) from the floor in the second half after shooting nearly 41 percent in the opening half. The Ladyjacks also committed 24 turnovers which resulted in a 22-6 points off turnovers advantage for Lamar.
The Lady Cardinals (8-3, 1-0) were led in scoring by SLC preseason first-teamer Kalis Loyd, who scored a game-high 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting from the field. The senior guard entered play on Thursday averaging 17 points per game. Loyd was joined in double-digit scoring by both Gia Ayers (10 points) and Alice Robinson (10 points).
The Ladyjacks outrebounded the Lady Cardinals 40-31 and bench points (17-9) in the loss.
SFA led for a majority of the first half and took their biggest lead of the game's first 20 minutes with 6:04 remaining following an Annette Davis layup, giving the Ladyjacks a 27-18 advantage. However, from that point on the Lady Cardinals ended the first half on a 14-2 run courtesy of six points from Loyd and two, long-distance three-pointers by Shauna Long to help Lamar take a 32-29 lead entering halftime.
Despite shooting nearly 41 percent from the floor, including 36 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-11), the Ladyjacks hurt themselves by committing 12 turnovers that resulted in 14 points for Lamar. Loyd went 7-of-10 from the field in the first half en route to 15 points.
The Ladyjacks will try to shake off the loss quickly and get back in the win column this Saturday when they host McNeese State at 4 p.m. in a rematch of last year's SLC Tournament Championship game.