Memphis, Tenn., — Saturday evening was one to remember as the #LOCFAMILY showed up and showed out, packing Bruce/Johnson Hall for a nonconference doubleheader against the Rust College Bearcats from Holly Springs, Mississippi.
Despite the cold and snowy weather, the Lady Magicians and the Lady Bearcats came ready to compete going toe to toe in the first half. Holding a slim, 18-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, LOC buckled down on the defensive end and took advantage of their depth offensively to score easy buckets, making it 34-34 at the half.
The Lady Bearcats would enter the fourth quarter trailing LOC, 51-42 and attempt to mount a comeback, but the Lady Magicians would hold on for the 61-58 victory.
LeMoyne-Owen women’s basketball (9-6, 5-3 SIAC) looks to extend their winning streak when they host the Badgers of Spring Hill College (10-6, 4-3 SIAC) on Monday, Jan 15 at 5:30 PM.
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With the gym rocking, the men’s teams would put on a show for the fans in a back and forth battle as the Magicians and the Bearcats traded bucket for bucket. LeMoyne-Owen held a five point advantage heading into the second half (41-35), but the Bearcats would not go quitely knotting the game up 65-all, with 7:57 remaining on the clock. Keeping their cool, LOC remained focused and went on to win, 87-78, with four Magicians reaching double-figures.
LeMoyne improves to 5-10 overall, and 1-8 in the SIAC, as they prepare to host Spring Hill (4-12, 2-6 SIAC) at 7:30 PM, on MLK Day.
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Memphis, Tenn., — Heading into 2018 on a high note, the Lady Magicians of LeMoyne-Owen College are on a roll to start a four game home stretch, defeating nonconference opponent Concordia College, 90-33 on Tuesday night.
LeMoyne-Owen defeats Concordia, 90-33 at home on Jerry C. Johnson Court. Courtesy photo/@locathletics
LOC’s routing of the Lady Hornets was a showing of togetherness, good ball movement, and solid defense as the Lady Magicians move to 8-6 overall and 5-3 in the SIAC.
Highlights from Tuesday’s game featured a barrage of defensive attacks on the opponent, leading to forced turnovers and easy buckets for LeMoyne. Memphis native, KYanna Terry made her presence felt in the post, as the sophomore center took a charge in the first quarter setting the tone early for her Magicians. Leading 47-16 at the half, the Lady Magicians kept their foot on the throttle as the contagious spirit of hustle and effort echoed throughout the game propelling LeMoyne-Owen to its third consecutive victory.
LOC hosts Rust College next in a nonconference doubleheader.
Tip-off is at 5:30 PM CT with the men following at 7:30 PM in Bruce/Johnson Hall.
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.