Lemoyne-Owen Women’s basketball team carried their winning spirit all the way to Dillard University in Louisianna to defeat the Lady Bleu Devils, 54-49.
“It was our first road test, we came out the gates kind of sluggish just because it was the Homecoming for Dillard, we are a young team so we didn’t know how to adjust to the environment at first,” said head coach Anthony Partee. “After the first quarter we able to execute on the defensive end.”
LOC guard Lemontazia Blair played as if she was on her home court in Memphis by helping her team with 20 points and seven defensive rebounds.
Coach Partee was very impressed that the team did not succumb to their nerves.
“Being a young team it’s important that they understand who they are – especially on the road. Your identity and who you are as a team is questioned,” Partee said. “We were asking before we left will our game travel, will our talent travel.”
Their game did indeed go to the crescent state as they got the ‘W’ and will now prepare for home town rivals Christian Brothers University.
“CBU is a different type of team where they run a lot of half-court sets so it’s going to be a different type of challenge,” he said. “What I really want to see is better execution on the offensive ends, make a couple more shots and get a little scarier in the defensive, apply more pressure and create more turnovers.”
Tip-off is at 5:30 pm today (Wednesday) at Lemoyne-Owen’s Bruce Johnson hall.