Edwards reaches plateau in comeback

Published 11:38 pm Thursday, January 7, 2016

BEAUMONT — Lamar freshman Kiara Desamours had just set a career-scoring mark, and the biggest thing she was happy for was winning for senior teammate JaMeisha Edwards.

Edwards went over the 1,000-point mark for her career Thursday in the Cardinals’ 75-70 come-from-behind win over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders.

Edwards needed five points coming into Thursday for the scoring plateau and she ended the night with 19 points. It marks the first time this season Lamar has won two straight.

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“Nobody wants to get 1,000 points and lose,” Desamours said.

Desamours scored 21 points while senior Addesha Collins added 25 in a game that had the Cardinals (6-8, 2-1) trailing 54-42 heading into the fourth.

“If you would have left early you definitely would have thought the Cardinals lost tonight,” Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. “That fourth quarter we decided we were not going to lose the game. It is a great credit to our kids. They bounced back through adversity. They had a lot of energy.”

The adversity stemmed from an Islanders (3-10, 0-3) squad that was on fire from behind the arc, especially Brittany Mbamalu.

Mbamalu finished with 23 points and was 7 for 14 from behind the three-point line. The Islanders shot 29 three pointers and made 11 of the shots.

Corpus Christi outrebounded Lamar 48-38 but 31 turnovers doomed the Islanders. The 31 giveaways are the most by a Lamar opponent this season.

Edwards said she was not nervous or anxious going into the game being five points shy of 1,000. She missed her first two shots and had a turnover before sinking a trey with 2:35 left in the first quarter.

The next two needed points came with 47 seconds left in the first on a layup.

“I wasn’t even thinking about it,” Edwards said. “I was making this into a defensive game. I have been working on getting defensive stops. I knew it would come eventually. It is a big accomplishment. I have to thank Coach Harmony because I got most of those 1,000 points with her. It is a blessing.”

Lamar had runs of eight, 11 and six points in the fourth to grab away from the Islanders who led by 13, 51-38, with 1:11 remaining in the third.

Collins had 14 points in the game’s final 10 minutes.

Freshman Chastadie Barrs, who came into the night third in nation with 4.0 steals per game, finished with seven steals, four assists and four points in 26 minutes.

The Cardinals hit the road for two games next week. Lamar is at Central Arkansas on Monday and at Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday.

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