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(New Orleans) Despite leading throughout the majority of the game, Dillard trailed by one point with 11 seconds left and squandered a chance to win when sophomore point guard Shantrell Lumar (SO/Baton Rouge, LA) missed a lay-up with one second on the clock, giving Auburn Montgomery a 67-66 victory at the Battlefield in Dent Hall.
Dillard (2-2, 0-0 GCAC) was led by junior forward Alena Evans (JR/Las Vegas, NV) who finished with 17 points, shooting 8-for-15 from the field. Evans also had four boards, four turnovers, and one assist in 23 minutes of action. Lumar finished the game with six points, five assists and two steals, but had seven turnovers in the loss.
"I have got to do better," said Dillard head coach Norbert Rome, who is one win away from totaling his overall victories from last year when he was a first year as a head coach. "This one is on me," said Rome.
"Sometimes you win and don't deserve the victory, and sometimes you lose and don't deserve the loss; that was the case today," said Warhawks (3-0, 0-0 SSAC) head coach Dan Davis. Both coaches played a chess match all afternoon, making various adjustments throughout the game.
Both teams were nearly identical all night, trading basket for basket and foul for foul. Dillard outrebounded Auburn Montgomery 42-40, and the Lady Bleu Devils shot 41 percent from the field while the Warhawks shot 39 percent from the field.
Both teams shot exactly 4-for-14 from three point range. Dillard shot 60 percent from the charity stripe while the Warhawks shot 57 percent from the free throw line. DU had 18 steals compared to UAM's 21 steals. Dillard had 22 turnovers while Auburn Montgomery had 21.
Dillard travels to Baton Rouge on Monday, November 10 to face Southern University in an exhibition game. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.