LU Women's Hoops ties record for scoring in 116-37 route of Schreiner University
BEAUMONT, Texas – Lola Bracy came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points, while Chastadie Barrs her national-best third triple-double of the season as the Lamar University Cardinals equaled a school record for points scored in a 116-37 win over the visiting Schreiner Mountaineers in a non-conference women’s basketball game at the Montagne Center on Monday night.
Barrs, who finished with 11 points, handed out a career-best 11 assists and equaled her career high with 11 steals as the Cardinals (5-4) won their 19th straight home game dating back to last season. Barrs has at least one steal in all 70 games in her career, while she moved into third place on LU’s all-time assist chart with 378. Jenna Plumley is second at 399. Ramona Jones holds the LU career mark with 653 assists.
The Cardinals never trailed in this game, scoring the first seven points of the contest. LU led 29-10 after one quarter and 53-15 at halftime. The Cardinals pushed their advantage to 85-22 after three quarters before outscoring the Mountaineers 31-15 in the final period.
The 116 points equaled the school mark set against McNeese on Dec. 8, 1990, while the 79-point margin of victory is the second largest in school history, behind only an 86-point win at Florida International on Jan. 2, 1980, when the Cards rolled to a 114-28 triumph.
The Cards had six players score in double figures on Monday. In addition to Bracy’s 24 and Barrs’ 11, Jadyn Pimentel had 15 points, Moe Kinard had 10, while DeA’ngela Mathis added 12 points off the bench and Briana Laidler came off the bench to score 10 points. Mathis and Laidler were both 5-of-5 from the field. The Cardinals had a season-high 65 points off the bench in the win. Pimentel had a career-high eight assists.
“You saw a lot of people play. You saw the talent we’ve been bragging about,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “They came in and they produced. You never know who we’re going to be able to put in at this point, which is great. We were hitting all kinds of shots.”
The Cardinals shot a season-best 61 percent (47-of-77) from the field while also draining a season-high 46.7 percent of their 3-point attempts (14-of-30).
“I think we have the ability to score like that, that wasn’t our issue,” Harmony said. “We were just worrying about defending people and to stop making mistakes. We know that we have a lot of guns out there who can shoot it.”
LU held Schreiner to 22.8 percent shooting (13-of-57) from the field, including a 22.2 percent (6-of-27) effort from 3-point range. LU forced Schreiner into 29 turnovers, while the Cardinals committed just eight for the game. LU had a 45-3 advantage in points off turnovers.
Bracy was 9-of-14 from the field on her career night. She also set career highs with four rebounds and two assists.
“I just wanted to go out there and do the best I could for my team,” Bracy said. “We’re always sticking together and cheering each other on. We want each and every one of the players to the best that we can do.”
Jordyn Villa led Schreiner with 10 points. The Mountaineers, a Division III school, considered Monday’s game as an exhibition. LU is the second exhibition loss to a Southland Conference school for the Mountaineers this season. Abilene Christian was a 97-48 winner over Schreiner on Nov. 13.
The Cardinals take a break from competition for a little more than two weeks for final exams. LU opens a three-game road trip on Dec. 20 when it travels to New Mexico for the final non-conference game of the season. LU opens Southland Conference play at Houston Baptist on Dec. 28 before traveling to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 30. The next home game for the Cardinals is 7 p.m. Jan. 3 vs. New Orleans in the Montagne Center,
GRAND TIME: Prior to Monday’s game, LU’s Kiandra Bowers was honored for surpassing the 1,000-point mark for her career. Bowers is currently 13th on LU’s all-time list with 1,033 points.
TICKETS: For tickets, please call 409-880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com. The Montagne Center ticket office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. It reopens one hour prior to tipoff on weeknights and weekends. LU students receive free admission to home games with their Cardinal One card, while Junior Cardinal Club members are admitted for free when they present their membership badge.