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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Kinard scores record 58 in Lamar’s double-OT defeat

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DENVER — Moe Kinard set two school records in Lamar’s 117-110 double-overtime loss to the Denver.

Kinard set single-game scoring records with 58 points and hit 13 threes.

“Moe played her butt off and we knew she scored 58 points and was playing great defense and offense against Denver today,” remarked head coach Robin Harmony.

Besides setting the Cards’ (4-2, 0-0 SLC) school record in points, Kinard also set the Southland Conference record in points, and three-pointers made. Miya Crump followed with 13 points in the contest. Chastadie Barrs had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Cards had four players in double-figures.

“I just went out there with a scoring mentality, which I normally have and I knew we needing the win but we came up just a little short,” remarked Kinard.

The Cards and Pioneers (4-1, 0-0 Summit) came out and traded baskets early as a three-pointer by Lola Bracy tied the game at 10-10. Just over a minute later, Kinard hit her first three of the game, which put the Cards ahead, 15-13. Following Kinard’s three, LU went scoreless for a 3-minute stretch. Denver went on a 9-2 run and held a 25-20 lead after the first quarter of play.

Opening the second quarter, the Cards and Pioneers traded baskets and with 7:25 left in the quarter, LU found itself down 27-25. Lamar followed by going on a 9-0 run that was capped by an Ashlan Miles three-pointer putting the Cards ahead, 34-27. The Cards grew the lead to as many as eight, 37-29, after a Crump three. However, the Pioneers battled back took the lead of 41-40. Kinard gave the Cardinals a two-point lead, 43-41, after hitting a three to end the second quarter.

Kinard came out on fire in the second half as she hit back to back threes for the Cards extending LU’s lead to eight, 49-41. Denver did not go away, and the teams traded baskets. With the Cards ahead 57-54, Miles hit a three putting LU ahead, 60-56. However, Denver closed out the quarter on a 11-3 run and held a 67-63 lead over Lamar after three quarters of play.

Kinard kept the Cardinals in the game as she scored 16 points in the fourth quarter. With the Cards down six, Kinard scored the next 11 points for LU putting Lamar ahead 79-76. The lead grew to eight, 84-76, after Kinard hit her 11th three of the game. Her 11th three set a school record and gave her 45 points which also set a school record. However, the Cards offense went cold as they were held scoreless for the final 2:37 of the quarter. Leading by three, 87-84, Grace White banked in a three tying the game and forcing overtime.

In overtime, the Cardinals jumped out to a quick six-point lead 95-89 after Kinard hit a pair of free throws. LU only scored two more points for over the final 2:47 of overtime and Samantha Romanowkski tied the game at 97 forcing a second overtime.

Denver jumped out to a four-point lead and did not look back in the second overtime. With 36 seconds remaining in the game, LU found itself down 113-105. Kinard hit one more three in the overtime period for her 13th three of the game. However, the Cardinals were defeated 117-110.

The Cards return to action on Saturday when they play Ohio at the Denver Classic. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.