WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Crump, Kinard pace Cards
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lamar 78, Nicholls State 65
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