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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Crump, Kinard pace Cards

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lamar 78, Nicholls State 65

Miya Crump of Lamar reacts to a made three-point basket against Nicholls on Wednesday in Beaumont. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Bryanna Washington (33) and Airi Hamilton (5) of Nicholls battles Miya Crump of Lamar for a rebound in the first quarter Wednesday in Beaumont. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Chastadie Barrs (10) of Lamar attempts a steal as Moe Kinard (23) comes to pressure Cassidy Barrios of Nicholls during the first quarter Wednesday in Beaumont. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Cassidy Barrios of Nicholls fires a three-point basket against Moe Kinard (23) and Miya Crump (22) of Lamar in the first quarter Wednesday in Beaumont. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Miya Crump and Moe Kinard each scored more than 20 points, and Lamar overcame a tough second half of shooting the basketball Wednesday in holding off Nicholls State 78-65 at the Montagne Center in Beaumont.

The game was a rematch of Nicholls’ 74-68 upset win over the regular-season champion Cardinals in last March’s Southland Conference tournament semifinals. On Wednesday, the Cardinals (15-4, 8-0 Southland) got their payback, but not without Nicholls (11-9, 5-3) staying close on their heels.

The Colonels won the second half 36-30 and had pulled within single digits of the Cardinals. Both teams, however, struggled shooting from the field.

Lamar cooled off from the field to finish 28 for 71 (39.4), including 13 for 33 from three-point territory, and made 9 of 12 free throws (75 percent).

Crump had 22 points, three rebounds and two blocks. Kinard totaled 21 points, four assists and seven rebounds, Jadyn Pimentel scored 12 points and Chastadie Barrs had 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Barrs now has 572 career steals, 52 away from the NCAA record set by Natalie White (1991-95).

— 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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