Moe Kinard

Moe Kinard

Moe Kinard scored 24 points to lead four Lamar University Cardinals in double figures, while Kiandra Bowers registered her 30th career double-double as LU rolled to its 23rd straight home win, an 83-58 decision over the McNeese Cowgirls in a Southland Conference women’s basketball game, Saturday.

DeA’ngela Mathis had 18 points for LU, Chastadie Barrs finished with 15 points, nine assists and eight steals, while Bowers added 11 points and 11 rebounds. With the win, LU remained a half-game behind conference-leading Stephen F. Austin.

LU led 21-16 after the first quarter before opening the second quarter on a 7-0 run over the first 2:02 of the period, forcing the Cowgirls to call timeout. McNeese rallied to tie the game at 30 before LU closed the quarter with another 7-0 run capped by a Kinard 3-pointer.

Bowers boosted her career rebound total to 811, while pushing her career points to 1,109, one shy of Dominique Edwards for 10th place on LU’s all-time list. Meanwhile, Barrs, who leads the nation in steals, pushed her season total to 127, 15 shy of her LU and Southland Conference record of 142 set last season. Barrs, the two-time Southland Conference defensive player of the year, has at least one steal in all 80 games of her career.  

LU took advantage of a physical McNeese team that was whistled for 24 fouls. LU was 20-of-28  from the line, while McNeese was 6-of-13.

The Lady Cardinals hosted ACU, Wednedsay. Scores were unavailable at press time. The Lady Cards continue their homestand, Saturday in a men’s doubleheader at 2 p.m. in the Montagne Center. 

Story by Cassandra Jenkins, UP managing editor 

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