Lady Bleu Devil Brianne Collins hit the game-winning three-pointer in 77-76 overtime victory over Rust College
Lady Bleu Devil Brianne Collins hit the game-winning three-pointer in 77-76 overtime victory over Rust College
Women's Basketball - Thu, Nov. 24, 2011


New Orleans) The Dillard Lady Bleu Devils celebrated their first victory of the 2011-12 basketball season on Thanksgiving afternoon with a thrilling 77-76 overtime victory over Rust College in the Xavier Invitational Tournament on the campus of Xavier University in the Barn.

Lady Bleu Devil Brianne Collins hit the game-winning three-pointer with 4 seconds left to clinch the victory for Dillard.


The Lady Bleu Devils (1-1) got the best of Rust College from the opening tip. The Lady Bleu Devils used a stifling defense to completely shut Rust College (2-5) down and out, holding the Lady Bearcats scoreless for the first seven minutes of the game. On offensive end of the floor, the Lady Bleu Devils were clicking on all cylinders, executing their offense to perfection. 

Early three-pointers by Jasmine Harbor and Senior Lauren Daniels fueled the Lady Bleu Devils 10-0 lead. After a 6-0 run by the Lady Bearcats cut the Lady Bleu Devils' lead to two, Dillard responded with their own 7-0 run to increase their lead back to nine at 22-13. The Lady Bleu Devils went into the locker room leading the Lady Bearcats 35-24 at the break. 

Dillard used a balanced attack offensively to build their lead in the first half, with 9 Lady Bleu Devils scoring at least two points, led by Jazzmin Smith and Jasmine Harbor with 8 points apiece. Jazzmin Smith also had 5 rebounds in the first half.

Early in the second half, the Lady Bleu Devils had trouble holding on to their lead against the Lady Bearcats, who scored the first five points of the second half, cutting the Dillard's lead to six at 35-29. The Lady Bleu Devils settled back into their game plan and increased their lead back up to nine on a three-pointer by Monique Waiters at 44-35. Dillard built their lead up to as much as twelve points before an 11-1 run by Rust College cut the Lady Bleu Devils to two at 57-55. Rust College tied the game at 61-61 with 33 seconds left in the game. The first huge basket by junior Brianne Collins gave the Lady Bleu Devils a 63-61 lead with 20 seconds left, but Rust College scored with 8 seconds left to tie the game at 63-63, sending the game to overtime. Ariel Mitchell's three-point attempt at the buzzer that bounced off the rim would have won the game for the Lady Bleu Devils. 

There were five lead changes in overtime, with Rust College leading 76-74 with 4 seconds remaining. This is when Lady Bleu Devil Brianne Collins made her second huge shot of the game, calmly draining a three-pointer, giving Dillard the lead and clinching the victory. Lady Bleu Devil Jasmine Bradley stole the Lady Bearcats inbound pass and the game was over.

Ariel Mitchell led the Lady Bleu Devils with 14 points. Jasmine Smith finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Lauren Daniels had an excellent overall performance of 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The Lady Bleu Devils had eight players finish with at least six points in the victory. 

The Lady Bleu Devils will look win their second straight on Friday afternoon, February 25th versus Langston College at 4:00p.m. This will be the Lady Bleu Devils' final game in the Xavier Invitational Tournament. The Lady Bleu Devils game versus Langston College will again be played in the Barn on the campus of Xavier University. 

Record: 4-6 Home: 3-1 Away: 1-4 Neutral: 0-1 GCAC: 0-0