LU Women pound La College 93-62

BEAUMONT, Texas – Chastadie Barrs was one rebound shy of a quadruple-double as the Lamar University Cardinals rolled to a 93-62 win over visiting Louisiana College in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Monday evening.
 
Barrs finished with 14 points, 10 assists, 11 steals and nine rebounds for the Cardinals (1-1), who ran their winning streak at the Montagne Center to 16 games.
 
“It’s actually great to be back in the Montagne Center and play in front of our home crowd and build that streak from 15 wins to 16 wins,” LU coach Robin Harmony said.
 
The Cardinals never trailed in this one, leading 2-0 before any time ran off the clock as Baileigh O’Dell hit two free throws before the opening tipoff after the Lady Lions were assessed a technical foul for not submitting a starting lineup 10 minutes before the opening tip.
 
LU scored the first six points of the contest and never looked back, building a 34-11 lead after one quarter and a 59-20 cushion at halftime.
 
“We’re still working out some of the kinks, but you can definitely tell that there’s talent,” Harmony said. “At times in the third and fourth quarter we know that we broke down, but that’s because were trying to give opportunities to players to learn in real situations.”
 
The Cardinals had four players score in double figures, led by Briana Laidler, who scored a career-high 16 points. Barrs and Kiandra Bowers had 14 points apiece, while O’Dell finished with 10 points. Overall, 11 LU players had at least two points apiece in the win.
 
“Briana is really stepping up,” Harmony said of Laidler. “She is still only a sophomore. The leaps she has taken from her freshman year to now are unbelievable.”
 
Barrs led LU with her nine boards, as she just missed out on being the first LU player to have a quadruple-double since Ramona Jones did it against Central Florida on Jan. 14, 1991, 773 games ago.
 
“We knew about it, and when there’s five minutes left it’s a great record to get, but I didn’t want to put her back in for that,” Harmony said. “It’s not worth that record to get one of our best players, if not our best player, injured.”
 
Louisiana College, which considered Monday’s game as an exhibition, outscored LU 42-34 in the second half. Brooke Jones led the Lady Wildcats with 12 points, while Janae Smith finished with 11 points.
 
The Cardinals shot 48.8 percent (39-of-80) from the field for the game. LU was a blistering 59.5 percent (25-of-42) in the first half. The Cardinals also shot 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the foul line, a stat that made Harmony smile.
 
“It’s a mental thing. We don’t want it to come back to haunt us,” Harmony said. “We have been working on our free throws. After practice, we have a free-throw club where they have to make 10 in a row. If you make nine and miss, you have to start over again. They don’t really realize that they’re shooting 70 or 80 free throws.”
 
The Cardinals return to action at 5 p.m. Thursday when they host Southwestern Assemblies of God in the opening game of a hoops doubleheader with the LU men, who entertain Jarvis Christian at 7:30 p.m. LU then heads to Purdue for a showdown with the Boilermakers at noon Saturday.
 

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