By Pamela Martinez
LOGOS SPORTS EDITOR
The Incarnate Word Cardinals stand second in Heartland Conference play and hope to regain the top seed depending on the outcome of the next five games prior to tournament time.
An away game Feb. 20 at St. Mary’s will give the Cardinals a chance to offer payback to the Rattlers who came Jan. 16 to Alice McDermott and knocked the home team out of first with a score of 83-69. Incarnate Word had the early lead with a score of 22-19 to start the first half, but struggled to put points on the board.
St. Mary’s went on a 20-8 run to finish the half. St. Mary’s took the lead 39-30 and never looked back. The Rattlers dominated the Cardinals in assists and rebounding as well. Eric Stewart led the Cardinals with 17 points and Pierce Caldwell followed with 15.
Later, the Cardinals dominated Dallas Baptist 93-73. Tracy Robinson led Incarnate Word in scoring with 20 points and had six rebounds. Deleon Hines chipped in 18 points and three other players were in double-digit scoring.
The team’s overall record is 16-6. Its conference room is 9-3. St. Mary’s has been the only loss at home. The team has been 6-5 away.