BEAUMONT, Texas – Baileigh O’Dell scored 20 points to lead five Lamar University Cardinals in double figures as LU rolled to a 95-47 win over visiting St. Thomas (Texas) in a non-conference women’s basketball game Wednesday night.
O’Dell was 6-of-9 from the field coming off the bench, all beyond the arc, and went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line as (LU) won its home opener.
“You always want to show up big for the first home game of the season,” O’Dell said. “I stayed patient and comfortable tonight and really felt good.”
O’Dell wasn’t the only one feel good Wednesday, as the Cardinals shot 49.2 percent (32-of-65) from the field, including 11-of-22 (50 percent) from 3-point range. LU also shot 83.3 percent (20-of-24) from the foul line.
Kiandra Bowers had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. DeA’ngela Mathis went 5-of-9 as she finished with 12 points. Moe Kinard added 11 points, while Ashlan Miles chipped in with 10 points off the bench. Chastadie Barrs had a career-high nine steals to go along with six assists, three blocked shots and four points.
“It was good to be back at home, and first impressions are very important,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “I think we had the chance tonight to show our fans the talent and depth we’ve been bragging about.”
The Cardinals outscored the Celts (1-3) 47-30 in bench points as Kyla Green and Briana Laidler added six points apiece and Meagan Perry netted five points in her first collegiate game.
“The bench points were a huge help for us,” O’Dell said. “We don’t have to rely on five or six players any more, and that’s big for us.”
St. Thomas stayed close to the Cardinals in the early going, as LU led just 18-14 after the first quarter before pulling away by outscoring the Celts 29-10 in the second quarter and 27-11 in the third period. The Celts had trouble with LU’s defense, as 25 St. Thomas turnovers led to 37 LU points.
The Cardinals also held a 41-30 rebounding edge for the game.
Kanisha Clark led St. Thomas with 16 points, while Maghen Lormand had 14 points.
The Cardinals travel to Kansas State to meet the Wildcats in a non-conference game at 1 p.m. Saturday in a contest that will be streamed on ESPN3. LU’s next home game is 7 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. Northern Arizona.