Lady Cardinals Soar Past Islanders, 63-49

BEAUMONT, Texas – Jessica Jammer collected her second back-to-back 13-point scoring game to lead the Islanders, but Lamar powered its way to a 63-49 victory to seal the team's fifth consecutive victory Saturday afternoon at the Montagne Center.

The Islanders (8-17, 4-8) were paced by Jammer's 13 points and five rebounds and junior Verne'qua Taylor collected eight points and five assists while tallying three steals. Senior Myeisha Myles powered the glass with a game-high eight rebounds while chipping in five points. The Islanders' bench scored 32 points, behind Jammer's 13, and Trish Amboree added seven points, while junior Damequia Montgomery chipped in six points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Cardinals (15-11, 7-5) who claimed their 200th victory at the Montagne Center, were propelled by two players in double-figure scoring. Kalis Loyd tallied a game-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and Monique Whittaker recorded 19 points, including 8-of-11 from the charity stripe. Lamar turned the Islanders 23 turnovers into 20 points and outrebounded the Islanders 44-37.

Taylor put the Islanders on the board first with a layup but Loyd followed with a layup and Whittaker triggered a three from the top of the arc to give the Lady Cardinals a 5-2 early lead. A dish to Vega-Vega inside from Taylor pulled the Islanders within one. Back-to-back baskets by Whittaker extended the Lady Cardinals lead to five. Myles added a free throw before Jammer's pull up jumper cut Lamer's lead to two with 13 minutes left to play in the half.

Loyd put together a 6-0 run to give Lamar an eight-point cushion with just under nine minutes to play in the half. Jammer added a free throw before the two teams traded buckets. Amboree hit the Islanders first trey of the game to pull the Islanders within four, but the Lady Cardinals built their biggest lead of the game with a 5-0 run to take a 22-13 lead at the 4:35 mark. Taylor made both of her free throws before Lamar took an 11-point lead with back-to-back buckets.

The Islanders answered with two buckets from Jammer and a three-pointer from Taryn Gregory to end the half on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to four, 26-22.

Jammer led the Islanders with seven points and Taylor chipped in six point and three assists. Montgomery and Zoe Vega-Vega powered the boards with four apiece. The Islanders edged the Lady Cardinals on the glass 22-20 and received 22 of their 13 first-half points from the bench. Loyd paced Lamar with 12 points and Whittaker added seven. The Lady Cardinals turned 14 of the Islanders first half turnovers into 11 points.  

The Lady Cardinals padded the lead to eight out of the half to take a 22-30 lead. Imani Dunn tacked up her first two points of the game before Whittaker went 4-for-4 at the charity stripe to give Lamar a 10-point cushion. Taylor added a layup but the Lady Cardinals put together a 5-0 run to take a 39-16 lead with 12:33 left to play. Montgomery added a bucket before Loyd made back-to-back layups. Jammer's layup from a dish inside from Gregory and a Montgomery free throw cut the lead the 12 with 10:22 to play.

Lamar went on a 9-0 run with 8:05 left to play to build a 21-point lead. Jammer stopped the run with a pass from Amboree. A Lady Cardinal three-pointer padded the lead to 20. The two teams traded buckets before Myles answered with a layup. Whittaker followed by capitalizing at the free throw line by going 4-for-4 to give Lamar a 61-37 lead with six minutes left.

The Islanders put together a mini 6-0 run with 3:05 to play with buckets by Montgomery and a three from Marquesha Anderson-Sparks. The two traded buckets before Amboree added back-to-back baskets to cap the Islanders scoring.

The Islanders will travel to San Antonio to take on UTSA in second round action on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.