Turnovers costly for Lady Lions in 75-58 loss to Lamar

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HAMMOND, La. – Lamar forced Southeastern Louisiana into 27 turnovers on the way to a 75-58 victory over the Lady Lions in Southland Conference women’s basketball action Wednesday night in the University Center.

Lamar (9-6, 4-1 Southland) outscored Southeastern (1-14, 0-4 Southland), 28-2, in points off turnovers on the way to its first win in Hammond since the 2012-13 season. The Lady Lions cut a 16-point halftime deficit to four in the third quarter, but could not complete the comeback, dropping their ninth straight decision.

Lamar made its first four field goal attempts and jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Southeastern trailed by eight at the end of the first quarter.

Junior guard Jaclyn Scholvin connected on a three-point field goal to open the second quarter to cut the LU advantage to five, but LU answered with a 15-0 run, as a three by sophomore guard Ashlan Miles gave the Cardinals a 36-16 lead with 5:09 left in the half. Lamar would go into the break with a 41-25 lead.

Southeastern upped the defensive intensity to open the second half. The Lady Lions held Lamar without a field goal for the first 6:45 of the period. A bucket by junior forward Jyar Francis capped a 13-1 run and cut the Cardinal lead to 42-38 with 3:31 left in the third quarter.

However, Lamar answered with a 10-3 run of its own to close the period, as a three by junior guard Moe Kinard put the Cardinals up, 51-42, heading into the final quarter. Any hope of a SLU comeback was squashed in the opening minutes of the fourth period, as Lamar opened the period with a 13-1 run to take a 64-42 lead with 6:05 left. The lead grew to as much as 25 and SLU got no closer than 17 the rest of the way.

Senior guard Taylin Underwood led Southeastern with 28 points, netting six of SLU’s 10 three-point field goals. The Livingston, Louisiana native pushed her career total to 1,339 points, moving past former teammate Nanna Pool (2012-16, 1,316 career points) for seventh on the school’s career scoring list.

Underwood was joined in double figures by Francis, who netted 13 points for the Lady Lions. Underwood also led Southeastern with eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Tyler Morrison (seven rebounds), Francis (six rebounds) and freshman forward Caitlyn Williams (six rebounds) contributed to the SLU rebounding effort.

Morrison also led Southeastern with four assists. Defensively, junior guard Ashailee Brailey had a team-high two steals for SLU, while Francis and Caitlyn Williams each blocked a shot.

Lamar was led by a career night from senior guard De’Angela Mathis, who posted her first career double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Jadyn Pimentel added 15 points and finished with seven of Lamar’s 15 steals. Junior guard Chastadie Barrs led LU with five assists, while sophomore center Briana Laidler paced the Cardinals with three blocks.

Wednesday’s game opened a stretch of four of the next five games at home for the Lady Lions. On Saturday, Southeastern welcomes McNeese to the University Center for a 2 p.m. contest. Saturday’s game can be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at www.LionSports.net/listenlive and via the TuneIn Radio app.

LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Saturday’s game at www.LionSports.net/watch. Francis will be Saturday’s Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Ponchatoula, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.

Lamar 75 (9-6, 4-1 SLC)
Bowers 0-1 0-0 0, Pimentel 5-10 2-2 15, Barrs 0-2 1-2 1, Mathis 11-26 5-8 30, Kinard 3-6 2-6 9, Laidler 3-3 2-4 8, O’Dell 2-11 0-0 6, Desamours 0-0 0-0 0, Pierson 0-0 0-0 0, Miles 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 26-64 12-22 75.
Southeastern Louisiana 58 (1-14, 0-4 SLC)
Francis 5-13 2-2 13, C. Williams 0-3 2-4 2, Underwood 8-18 6-6 28, Morrison 1-4 4-6 6, Brailey 1-3 0-0 3, K. Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Carrier 0-2 0-0 0, Dugas 1-4 0-0 3, Scholvin 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 17-51 14-18 58.
End of 1st Quarter – LU 21, SLU 13. Halftime – LU 41, SLU 25. End of 3rd Quarter – LU 51, SLU 42. 3-point goals – LU 11-35 (Mathis 3-11, Pimentel 3-6, O’Dell 2-9, Miles 2-5, Kinard 1-2, Barrs 0-2), SLU 10-25 (Underwood 6-11, Francis 1-6, Brailey 1-3, Dugas 1-2, Scholvin 1-1, Carrier 0-2). Technical Fouls – None. Fouled Out – None. Rebounds – LU 42 (Mathis 10), SLU 41 (Underwood 8). Assists – LU 17 (Barrs 5), SLU 11 (Morrison 4). Total Fouls – LU 18, SLU 24. A – 447.

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