Memphis, Tenn., — The Magicians of LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) welcomed the Spring Hill College (SHC) Badgers on MLK Day, for a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) showdown.
Up 19-18, at the end of the first, the Lady Magicians trailed Spring Hill by halftime with a score of 40-36. However, LOC would rally in the third opening the quarter with a three point basket by guard Shaynn Nance, along with intense defensive pressure that led to 24 Badger turnovers and nine steals for LeMoyne.
Holding a narrow 50-49 edge to enter the final quarter, the Lady Magicians sought to extend their margin, but SHC kept it close eventually tieing the game 62-62, with 3:42 remaining on the clock. Neither team wanting to give in, the Badgers came away with a steal and layup on the other end by Angel Carthen, to go up 68-66, forcing LOC to foul. With seconds left, LOC’s Lamontazia Blair got to the rack for a final layup, but it wouldn’t be enough to take down the Badgers as they hung on for the, 71-68 victory.
The Badgers (11-6, 5-3 SIAC) were led in scoring by senior Jewel Hill with 25 points, and sophomore Tiffany Valentine with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Carthen finished with 10 points.
Dana Gettis recorded 23 points for the Lady Magicians, while Blair added 13 points off the bench, and Taylor Johnson-Prackett grabbed 11 rebounds for LOC.
LeMoyne-Owen (9-7, 5-3 SIAC) will complete a four-game home stand Thursday night, when they host the Lady Bulldogs of Tougaloo College at 5:30 PM in Bruce/Johnson Hall, before hitting the road to face conference opponent Tuskegee University on Jan. 20.