BEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar University Cardinals dominated the preseason All-Southland Conference women’s basketball team, with three first-team selections the SLC office announced Monday.
Representing the Cardinals are guards Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard along with post player Kiandra Bowers. All three players were second-team all-conference choices last season, with Barrs being named the conference’s defensive player of the year for the second straight season, while Kinard was tabbed as the newcomer of the year.
“This sets the tone for the season,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “All three deserved to be named first team based on last season, but now they have to perform.”
Barrs led the nation in steals with 142 last season, setting LU and Southland Conference records. She also led the conference with 194 assists, while averaging 9.4 points per game. Kinard, LU’s leading scorer last season with an average of 15.3 points per game, also led LU with 72 3-pointers. Bowers, who ranked 12th in the nation with 17 double-doubles in 2016-17, averaged 14.3 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per outing. She led the nation in offensive rebounding, averaging 5.97 per game.
The Cardinals went 22-8 last season, including a 15-3 record in Southland Conference play, setting a school record for conference wins in a season. LU dropped a heartbreaking one-point decision to Rice in the Women’s Basketball Invitational, LU’s fifth appearance in a national postseason tournament in the past eight seasons.
“Having three first-team selections shows that we are recruiting top players,” Harmony said. “We’re looking good, and there is competition from the newcomers for starting spots. I don’t think anyone in the conference can match our depth.”
The Cardinals open the season at Baylor at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. The home opener is slated for 7 p.m. Nov. 13 vs. Louisiana College.
2017-18 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Teams
First Team School Class Pos. Hometown
Randi Brown* New Orleans Sr. G Houma, La.
Kiandra Bowers* Lamar University Gr. P West Palm Beach, Fla.
Moe Kinard* Lamar University Jr. G New Iberia, La.
Chastadie Barrs* Lamar University Jr. G Desoto, Texas
Taylin Underwood* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. G Livingston, La.
Second Team School Class Pos. Hometown
Stevi Parker* Stephen F. Austin Sr. F Bixby, Okla.
Cassidy Barrios* Nicholls Jr. G Lockport, La.
Kierra Jordan* Central Arkansas Sr. C Jackson, Miss.
Taylor Baudoin Central Arkansas Sr. F Columbus, Miss.
Cheyenne Brown Northwestern State Jr. P Ben Wheeler, Texas
* Automatic selection, 2016-17 All-Conference team member