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Cardinal women post big margin

Lamar sports information

BEAUMONT — The Lamar women’s basketball team rolled to the third-largest margin of victory in program history Thursday night in a 99-34 win over Louisiana College in the Cardinals’ home opener.

The Cardinals (1-2) picked up right where they left off in the fourth quarter against Utah on Tuesday, rolling to a 63-15 lead at halftime and never looking back against the Lady Wildcats. LU had four players score in double figures led by Addesha Collins with 17 points. JaMeisha Edwards had 15 points, freshman Kiara Desamours had a career-high 14 points, while Teleshia Riley added 10 points.

“We showed we have depth and that we can score,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “We gave everybody a chance to prove themselves.”

All 11 LU players had at least four points and one rebound in the game. Sophomore Marquelle Williams had a game-high 10 rebounds to set a career high. Williams also added a career-high six points. Freshman point guard Chastadie Barrs had seven points to go along with career highs of 11 assists, nine rebounds and six steals.

“We were excited to finally play at home,” Barrs said. “We wanted to show what we could do.”

The 15 points were a season high for Edwards, who is coming back from an injury. Edwards was 6 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 6 from three-point range.

“It felt good to hit some shots early and get some confidence,” Edwards said. “I needed that.”

The 65-point margin of victory is behind only an 86-point win at Florida International in 1980 and a 75-point win over Rice in LU history.

The Cardinals travel to Flagstaff, Arizona, today to prepare for a non-conference game at Northern Arizona at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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