BEAUMONT, Texas – Moe Kinard scored a career-high 21 points while Kiara Desamours registered her sixth career double-double as the Lamar University Cardinals rallied for a 75-60 win over visiting Northern Arizona in a non-conference women’s basketball game Wednesday night.
LU (2-3) trailed 38-32 at halftime only to take control by outscoring the Lumberjacks (2-3) 22-5 in the third quarter.
“Our energy in the second half was the difference,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “We didn’t play a very good first half, yet we were only down by six points. “We came back out of the locker room and played a much better game.”
The Cardinals shot 51.4 percent (19-of-37) from the field in the second half after shooting just 36.4 percent (12-of-33) in the first half. Meanwhile, Northern Arizona, which was 12-of-25 (48 percent) over the first two quarters, shot just 24.1 percent (7-of-29) after the break.
Kinard was 9-of-18 from the field, while Desamours, who finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, was 7-of-10 from the floor. Kiandra Bowers, who added 18 points and eight rebounds while matching a career high with five steals, was 9-of-19 from the field.
“Moe finally put her shots down, and we were finishing our chippies,” Harmony said. “We did a good job of finishing our chances tonight.”
Chastadie Barrs had seven points, eight assists and two steals for LU, as she has at least one assist in all 36 of her career games. Ashlan Miles added six points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench for the Cardinals.
Rene Coggins led Northern Arizona with 26 points. Olivia Lucero added 13 points, while Kaleigh Paplow chipped in with 11 points. The Lumberjacks committed 24 turnovers, lead to a 25-11 LU edge in points off turnovers. The Cardinals outrebounded Northern Arizona 45-34, dominating the boards against a team, which was outrebounding its opponents by an averaging of 7.8 boards per game. LU controlled the paint, outscoring the Lumberjacks 46-12.
The Cardinals will practice Thanksgiving morning before flying to Buffalo, N.Y., on Friday for a non-league game at Canisius College at noon Saturday.
“We’ve proven we can win at home, now we have to win on the road,” Harmony said. “It’s not easy to win on the road with a young team, so this will be an important game for us.”
Saturday’s game at Canisius will be streamed on ESPN3. LU’s next home contest is noon Dec. 4 against Southwestern University.