WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Miya’s kind of night: Crump sets career high; Cards extend home streak

Published 9:36 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Miya Crump did so much work in so little time.

Lamar’s standout freshman forward from Houston scored a career high of 31 points in 26 minutes, and the Cardinals extended the second-longest home winning streak in NCAA women’s basketball with 37 Wednesday in a 94-54 victory over Southeastern Louisiana.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, Chastadie Barrs registered her third triple-double in a row. The senior point guard had 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Lamar (12-4, 5-0 Southland), which has won seven in a row.

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The sign came early that Southeastern Louisiana (7-8, 2-2 Southland) might be in for a long night at Beaumont’s Montagne Center. Lamar led 16-0 through the first 5 minutes, as Crump had already scored seven points.

For the game, the Yates High graduate shot 10 of 15 from the floor, including 6 of 7 from three-point range. She made 5 of 6 free throws, had four steals and two rebounds.

Crump’s shooting was only a microcosm of how well Lamar scored from the floor. The Cards made 51.6 percent (33 for 64, including 10 for 21 from three-point range) and held the Lions to 32.3 percent (20 for 62, including 3 for 23 from the arc). Southeastern shot 11 for 12 (91.7 percent) at the line, however, compared to Lamar’s 18 for 31 (58.1).

It wouldn’t matter as sophomore Jadyn Pimentel shot well off the bench. She had 21 points, shooting 9 of 11 from the floor (2 for 2 from the arc) and adding four rebounds.

Lamar’s largest lead was 92-49 with 2:49 left in the game. They didn’t give Southeastern much of a chance after leading 23-9 through one quarter, 40-19 at halftime and 66-34 through three periods.

Charliee Dugas led Southeastern with 13 points. Celica Sterling followed with nine.

The Cardinals are off for a week before visiting Incarnate Word in San Antonio next Wednesday, with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m.

— I.C. Murrell

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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