Dream Overcome Late Push By Indiana


Indianapolis, Ind., – With the season series knotted up at 1-1, the Indiana Fever know they are capable of beating the Atlanta Dream. In Sunday’s battle however, the Fever had lapses where they weren’t efficient that led to them having to battle from behind.

Victoria Vivians kicked off the game with an opening statement three, that set the tone for a career-high night. Atlanta would have an answer of its own though as guard Brittney Sykes poured in 18 first half points to give the Dream the 50-33 lead at halftime.


#35 Victoria Vivians drains the three ball over Dream guard Renee Montgomery. RKS photo/Glynnis King


#7 Brittney Sykes surveys the floor. RKS photo/Glynnis King

Late in the third with the Fever still trailing, Vivians turned up the heat, stroking not one, but two three-pointers followed by a long two to give Indiana a burst of energy as they fought to stay in the game. Candice Dupree and Natalie Achonwa pitched in as well hitting key shots and getting to the line to aid in the rally. The Dream’s Tiffany Hayes would have a hot second half shooting 7-of-9 from the field to finish with 19 points and six rebounds off the bench.


#11 Natalie Achonwa goes up for the easy two. RKS photo/Glynnis King


#51 Jessica Breland defends #4 Candice Dupree’s jump shot. RKS photo/Glynnis King

After four, the Dream would come out on top 87-83, to take the season series lead. Sykes would finish with 20 points for the Dream and Angel McCoughtry added 15 points in the win. Vivians would record a new career-high 27 points and grab seven rebounds to go with it. Dupree added 17 points, while Achonwa and Erica Wheeler pitched in 16 and 12 points, respectively.


#35 Angel McCoughtry calls out the offense. RKS photo/Glynnis King


#25 Monique Billings goes up in traffic. RKS photo/Glynnis King

“It was a tale of two halves,” Head Coach Pokey Chatman stated.

“We need to play the entire game like we played the second half,” Dupree added.

With a lot of the season left and new addition Cappie Pondexter added to the squad, the future looks bright for Indiana as the Fever continue to develop. Indiana will travel to Minnesota for a Tuesday night matchup with the Lynx.



LeMoyne-Owen Visits Clark Atlanta in SIAC Doubleheader


Atlanta, Ga., — In what’s sure to be another action packed SIAC doubleheader, the LeMoyne-Owen College Magicians men’s and women’s basketball teams travel to Epps Gymnasium in ATL to take on the Clark Atlanta University Panthers.

Location: L.S. Epps Gymnasium, 650 Fair Street, Atlanta, Ga., 30314.

Gametime is set for 2 PM and 4 PM ET (WBB/MBB), on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

Box score. The Lady Magicians (6-6, 4-3 SIAC) are coming off a 67-55 victory over Fort Valley State University, where LeMoyne shot 80% (12-15) from the charity stripe and outrebounded the Lady Wildcats, 45-35. LOC’s Tenesha Wright grabbed 11 of those rebounds – a game high – and finished with seven points, four assists, and three steals. Leading FVSU in scoring was Alicia Franklin with 15 points. LeMoyne’s Shaynn Nance, Lamontazia Blair, and Dana Gettis each finished in double-digits. Gettis led all scorers with 18 points.

The Lady Panthers (9-5, 7-0 SIAC) got the victory over Lane College, 63-55. Clark Atlanta will host LeMoyne-Owen Saturday, at 2 PM.

On the men’s side, LeMoyne-Owen went up against nationally ranked (#25) Morehouse College Thursday night. The Magicians and the Maroon Tigers had a competitive first half as Morehouse led by as much as ten. But LeMoyne refused to go away as they slowly cut into their lead. LOC’s Reshun Ellis knocked down a triple to end the half down one, 33-34.

To start the second half, the Maroon Tigers would show why they are undefeated as they came out strong to maintain the lead. Still fighting, the Magicians cut it to 12 at the 10:05 mark after a monstrous SLAM in traffic by Aston Morton. In the end, LOC would come no closer as the Maroon Tigers went on to win, 81-60.  Three Magicians finished in double figures, led by Ellis with 18 points. Morton added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Demba Konate was just shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards.

The Magicians (4-9, 1-7 SIAC) face the Panthers (13-1, 7-0 SIAC) next. Clark Atlanta defeated Lane College, 81-54. Saturday’s tip-off is immediately following the women’s game.

Follow CAU Athletics and LOC Athletics for updates.

Magicians Face an Undefeated Morehouse College


Atlanta, Ga., — After a close first half, in which the Fort Valley State University Wildcats trailed the LOC Magicians 33-28, FVSU would pull off the road win Saturday night, 76-72.

To open the second half, the Wildcats would make a statement off a steal by guard Jaylon McMillan who lobbed it up to Jamaal Garror for the slam. The Magicians would remain poised and answer as the two teams went back and forth in a game that saw three lead changes. The Wilcats would lead by as much as 11, halfway through the second half, but LOC hung on til the very end, forcing FVSU to make their free-throws.

The Magicians shot 42% from the field (27-65), 26% from three (5-19), and 72% from the charity stripe (13-18). Both FVSU and LOC had four players each finishing in double-digits. The Wildcats were led by McMillan with 18 points. LOC’s Jaequan Brown and Aston Morton each posted 11 points on the evening, while Rashawn Ellis added 14 points and 4 rebounds. Demba Konate led all scorers with 19 points, including a 3-PT shot on the last play of the game for LeMoyne. Box score.


LeMoyne-Owen (4-8, 1-6 SIAC) travels to Atlanta for a two-game road trip beginning at the unbeaten Morehouse College (11-0, 6-0 SIAC) followed by Clark Atlanta University.

Morehouse knocked off conference opponent Spring Hill College, 87-73 to ring in the new year on the road. Find out if the Magicians can pull an upset, when the Maroon Tigers host LeMoyne-Owen Thursday, January 4 at Forbes Arena.

Tip-off is set for 7 PM.

Be sure to follow LOC Athletics and Morehouse Athletics for updates.