LeMoyne-Owen fans at the Bruce Johnson hall had to be consoled on Wednesday evening as their Lady Magicians were defeated by Christian Brothers University, 52-51.
After the game, LOC women’s basketball coach Antony Partee said he recognized early in the game that his team was in trouble.
“It was a tough game, we started off slow,” he said. “We really didn’t play to our capabilities. We should have been more intentional on both sides of the floor.”
It was tense for LOC in the few opening minutes of the game, taking almost three minutes to get on the scoreboard. Glenda Garner and Gabbie Morgan both made eight points each in the first half to help their team go into the locker room with a 12-point lead.
Patrisha Lollis had six defensive rebounds adding to a score of 26-14.
The Lady Buccaneers came out swinging in the second half. CBU’s Brynne Lytle seemed too quick at times for LeMoyne’s defense, sprinting to the basket and helping tie the game at 30.
Partee said he was impressed with how CBU played.
“I liked the fact that they kept fighting, they played their game and executed whenever their coaches called for them,” Partee said. “The communication was there. I’m always impressed by their program.”
CBU’s Darcy Doran showed up by having five defensive rebounds and seven points in total for the night. The Lady Bucs’ defense attacked the game with more fight and Coach Partee believed his team suffered the consequences.
“If we become a passive team we will lose games like this – if we just sit back and allow the other teams to do whatever,” said Coach Partee.
With 10 seconds left in the game, CBU’s Taylor Williams scored the game winner to make the final score 52-51. Partee sees this outcome as motivation to only get better.
“I hope that a loss like this will wake us up,” he said. “If we really want to win a game, we have to fight for 40 mins.”
NEXT: LOC travels to Jackson, Mississippi to face Tougaloo College on Monday at 5:30 pm.