Memphis, Tenn., — LeMoyne-Owen College had three Lady Magicians finish in double-digit scoring as LOC handed the Clark Atlanta University Lady Panthers their first loss in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, with a 59-48 victory.
Saturday’s big road win boosted LeMoyne-Owen to second place in the SIAC West Division with a 7-6 overall record and a record of 5-3 in conference play.
The Lady Magicians won the rebounding battle 46-44, and had 27 points from their reserves compared to CAU’s five bench points. LOC’s Taylor Johnson-Prackett cleaned up the glass leading the Lady Magicians with 10 rebounds. Senior Tenesha Wright followed suit, grabbing eight rebounds to go with nine points. LeMoyne-Owen shot 64% from the free-throw line (16-25) and 41.7% from behind the arc (5-12).
Corlisha Howard fueled the Lady Magicians in the first half attacking the basket to give LOC a 27-23 advantage at the break. Howard and Lamontazia Blair combined for 27 points, as Blair shot near perfect from the charity stripe (9-11) and recorded a game-high two blocks to go with 13 points.
The Lady Panthers trailed by one, 40-39, with 7:32 left in the game after a Naomi Holloway jumper, but LeMoyne-Owen outscored CAU 19-9 the rest of the way to secure the ‘W’. Chicago native Dana Gettis caught fire putting up 12 points in the second half to lead LeMoyne-Owen scorers with 15 total. Clark Atlanta had three Lady Panthers finish in double figures, led by Marissa Mandeldove with 16 points.
The Lady Magicians return to the floor Tuesday, January 9, against nonconference opponent Concordia College. LOC defeated the Lady Hornets, 88-84 back on Nov. 21, 2017, in Selma, AL. This will be the first of a four game home stand for the Lady Magicians.
Tip-off is at 5:30 PM CT in Bruce/Johnson Hall.