Lamar University will honor three of the greatest players in the history of the LU program when the jerseys of Carolyn Ford, Kalis Loyd and Carol Sims will be retired at the halftime of Saturday’s game against Stephen F. Austin. The trio will be the first LU women’s basketball players to be so honored. 

Ford, who played for LU from the 1978-79 through 1981-82 seasons, remains the only player in program history with more than 1,000 rebounds. She ended her career with 1,056 points and 1,052 rebounds. She was a recipient of the 1981 Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award, given to the top senior-to-be female student-athlete at LU. 

Loyd, who played for the Cardinals from the 2009-10 through 2012-13 seasons, is LU’s all-time leading scorer with 1,967 points. She is currently fifth all-time in rebounding at LU with 842 boards. Her combined total of 2,809 points and rebounds is the highest in program history. She was a three-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection. Loyd won the Zaharias Award in 2012. 

Sims, who played at LU from the 1973-74 through 1976-77 seasons, compiled 1,571 points in her career, which is third on LU’s all-time list. Her career average of 15.1 points per game is in the top-10 all-time at LU, an impressive figure for a career that was before the 3-point line was introduced. Sims played a pivotal role in leading LU to the Texas Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women zone championship in 1976.

Story by Cassandra Jenkins, UP managing editor

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