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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Mississippi State pulls away; Barrs reaches 1,000 points

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STARKVILLE, Miss. — Midway through the third quarter, senior Chastadie Barrs scored her 1,000th career point as a member of the Lamar women’s basketball team in the 104-53 loss to No. 6 Mississippi State on Thursday evening.

Barrs became the 16th member of the 1,000th point club for the Cards. She led the Cardinals in the contest with 16 points. She recorded four steals in the game. As a team, the Cards shot 25 percent for the contest and recorded 14 steals.

“We played really well in the first two quarters and then lost our mind, but we played a really good team, that’s been to back to back Final Fours,” head coach Robin Harmony stated. “We are a young team and we had a lot of young players get minutes that will help us down the road and in conference action.”

Opening the first quarter, the Cards limited the Bulldogs as they held the Mississippi State to 1-for-5 shooting over the first four minutes of the game. LU’s Chastadie Barrs recorded a steal for her 95th straight contest. After the Bulldogs scored the first seven points, the Cards bounced back and a jumper by Barrs put the Cards down four, 9-5. MSU stretched the lead back to 10 points before the Cards closed out the quarter scoring the final five points. After one, LU found itself down five, 20-15.

After another Barrs steal, she went down and hit a layup putting the Cards down three, 20-17. After a Bulldog bucket, Angel Hastings hit a three-pointer putting the Owls down two, 22-20, with 7:47 left in the quarter. Lamar kept the game close for the remainder of the quarter. After trailing by seven, 31-24, the Cards scored four straight on a jumper by Barrs and Rikiah Cowart. LU trailed No. 6 Mississippi State, 35-28, at halftime.

Over the first 2 minutes of the third quarter, the Bulldogs offense started heating up as they stretched the lead up to 14 points, 42-28. The Cards continued to battle against No. 6 Mississippi State and had the lead down to 15, 50-35, after a pair of free throws by Miya Crump. However, Mississippi State remained hot and led the Cards 77-34 after three quarters of play.

The Bulldogs offense continued to stay hot in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Cardinals, by 17 in the quarter. Kinard hit a three midway through the fourth quarter that gave her 148 in her career at LU, however, the sixth ranked Bulldogs defeated the Cards, 104-53.

The Cardinals return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when they host LeTourneau University at the Montagne Center. LU will be looking for its 31st straight home court victory. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.