The Lady Cardinals (9-4, 2-0 SLC) held a 64-54 lead with 51 seconds remaining when NSU's (5-6, 1-1 SLC) Keisha Lee hit a 3-pointer followed by two Kalis Loyd free throws. Loyd, the league's third-leading scorer, scored 20 points and five assists.
Lee scored another 3-pointer and a jump shot to cut it to a four-point lead. After two made free throws from LU's Dominique Edwards, Lee scored two of her own.
Lady Cardinals made one free throw on the ensuing foul, and Breanna Fuller grabed a missed NSU 3-pointer and layed it in from the right side to make cut it to three.
Brooker Asia made two free throws before NSU's Janelle Perez was fouled with two seconds remaining. Perez, the conference's leading free throw shooter, made both to close out the game.
The Lady Demons finished with 19 turnovers, 14 of them in the first half, and Lamar capitalized for 17 points.
Lee (15), Jasmine Upchurch (15), Janelle Perez (14) and Jasmine Bradley (11) all scored in double-digits. Jasmine Bradley finished with her second double-double in three games, collecting 11 rebounds.
Edwards finished with 16 points and 10 boards for the Lady Cardinals.
“We have got a long way to go,” said Stoehr. “Like I said after our win against McNeese, it is just one game so now we have to regroup and prepare for a quick turnaround at Sam Houston on Monday.
Northwestern State will play its next three contests on the road as they travel to Sam Houston on Monday, Oral Roberts on Thursday and Central Arkansas on Jan. 12.