Ladykats Lose To Lamar

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HUNTSVILLE - Tamara Abalde scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Lamar to a 70-47 Southland Conference women's basketball victory over Sam Houston State Saturday afternoon at Johnson Coliseum.

Brittney Williams scored 15 points and Nikki Williams added 13 as the
Cardinals upped their season record to 10-6. Lamar leads the Southland East Division with a 3-0 league record.

Brittany Brooks scored 12 points and Britney Harris added 10 points for Sam Houston State, now 1-16 for the season and 0-4 in Southland action.

Sam Houston, playing without the Southland's leading rebounder and the Bearkats' second leading scorer, Lydia Gonzales, were out-boarded by the Cardinals 48-30. Lamar outscored Sam Houston 34-10 in the paint. LaToya Bennett led the Bearkats with 11 boards.

The Bearkats jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but Lamar roared back, going on a 17-1 run to build an 11-point, 17-6 on a jumper by Abadle eight minutes into the first half. Sam Houston cut the margin to five, 21-16, on a three-point basket by Brooks with 8:49 to play. Lamar closed the half with a 20-10 run to go up 41-26 at intermission.

LaToya Bennett's jumper in the first minute of the second half cut the Lamar lead to 13, 41-28. That was the closest the Bearkats came the rest of the way.

Sam Houston shot 38.8 percent from the floor (19-of-49) while Lamar was 26-of-66 for 39.4 percent.

"It was tough playing without Lydia, but I thought LaToya came in and gave us a great effort," Head Coach Brenda Nichols said. "With 11 rebounds tonight, she pretty much gave us what we were going to get from Lydia."

Box Score

LAMAR 70, SAM HOUSTON ST 47
1/19/08 3 p.m. at Huntsville, TX (Johnson Coliseum)

LAMAR (10-6, SLC 3-0)
Abalde, Tamara 10-23 4-6 24; Williams, Brittney 5-9 5-7 15; Williams, Nikki
5-9 0-0 13; Smith, Trashanna 3-9 3-4 9; Spickler, Emily 1-3 0-0 3; Bakhos,
Aida 1-5 0-0 2; Stewart, Jasmine 1-5 0-0 2; Hendrix, Brittany 0-2 1-2 1;
Orabo, Shaunice 0-0 1-2 1; Toney, Vickie 0-1 0-1 0; Reke, Agnija 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 26-66 14-22 70.

SAM HOUSTON ST (1-16, SLC 0-4)
Brooks, Brittany 4-9 1-4 12; Harris, Britney 5-8 0-0 10; Smith, Whitney 4-10
1-3 9; Bennett, LaToya 4-7 0-0 8; Texada, Shlundria 1-3 2-2 5; Daniel,
Deltrice 1-5 0-0 2; Lynch, Ronishia 0-1 1-2 1; Sanders, Katie 0-3 0-0 0;
Ailshie, Leasa 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 19-49 5-11 47.

Lamar......................... 41 29 - 70
Sam Houston St................ 26 21 - 47

3-point goals--Lamar 4-14 (Williams, Nikki 3-5; Spickler, Emily 1-3; Bakhos,
Aida 0-1; Stewart, Jasmine 0-1; Abalde, Tamara 0-4), Sam Houston St 4-14
(Brooks, Brittany 3-6; Texada, Shlundria 1-2; Sanders, Katie 0-2; Ailshie,
Leasa 0-2; Harris, Britney 0-2). Fouled out--Lamar-None, Sam Houston
St-None. Rebounds--Lamar 48 (Abalde, Tamara 11), Sam Houston St 30 (Bennett,
LaToya 11). Assists--Lamar 16 (Williams, Nikki 7), Sam Houston St 18
(Ailshie, Leasa 8). Total fouls--Lamar 14, Sam Houston St 17. Technical
fouls--Lamar-None, Sam Houston St-None. A-347