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November 30, 2013

Northern Illinois overwhelms Lady Cardinals

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Lamar University Lady Cardinals will have to wait another day to record the 600th win in program history.

 The Lady Cardinals dropped a 79-52 decision to Northern Illinois on the second day of the Aggie Hotel EnCanto Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday. Lamar ended with a 1-1 record in the event. Lamar is 599-636 since the origins of the women’s basketball program in the 1969-70 season.

 Gia Ayers led Lamar (4-4) with 18 points. Dominique Edwards finished with 12 points and a team-high six rebounds for the Lady Cardinals.

 Lamar trailed 41-26 at halftime only to see Northern Illinois (3-3) end all hopes for a second-half comeback by coming out of the locker room on a 14-0 run.

 “This has to be a wake-up call for us,” Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. “We have to learn how to handle adversity and not pack it in. We’re going to work harder in practice and learn from this.”

 The Huskies, who came in averaging just three 3-pointers per game, give Lamar fits from behind the arc. Northern Illinois went 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from downtown, while Lamar was 6-of-24 (25 percent). Lamar shot just 29 percent overall from the field (18-of-62), while NIU was 32-of-65 (49.2 percent).

 Amanda Corral led the Huskies with 25 points, 16 of those coming after intermission. Alexis Lindstrom had 14 points off the bench for NIU, while Natecia Augusta added 11 points.

 The Huskies dominated the boards, outrebounding Lamar 48-34. Alicia Johnson led NIU with 11 rebounds.

 Lamar takes a two-week break for exams before returning to action at Missouri State on Dec. 15. The Lady Cardinals’ next home game is 6 p.m. Dec. 18 against Texas State.

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