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(Houston, Tx.) For the fifth time in this young but thrilling season, the Dillard University women's basketball team had a game come down to the wire. Fortunately the Lady Bleu Devils have senior dual sport player Keylantra Taylor (SR/Houston, TX) who came off the bench and helped her team close out the Celts with some crucial key plays down the stretch en route to a 62-58 victory at the Jerabeck Athletic Center on the campus of St. Thomas University in Houston.
For two straight contests, Dillard (5-3, 0-0 GCAC) never trailed throughout the entire ball game although the Celts kept it within single digits for most of the afternoon. With less than 30 seconds to go and holding on to a two point lead on the road, Dillard sophomore Nneoma Duru (SO/Austin, TX) fired up a shot and missed, but the Houston native Taylor grabbed a crucial offensive board as St. Thomas was forced to foul. With 20 second left in the game, Taylor calmly knocked down both free throws in the same town where her basketball career started. Shortly after, she picked up the game-clinching steal.
"At that very moment I knew the game wasn't over, but once I made my free throws, it was game over (like Flip)," said Taylor. "It felt great playing at home in H-town with a group of girls that I enjoy playing with." Both Taylor and junior forward Alena Evans (JR/Las Vegas, NV) finished tied with a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds each. Taylor missed only two shots all night; 5-for-7 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
As a team, Dillard shot an astounding 78 percent (18-for-23) from the charity stripe while the Celts shot 57 percent.
Dillard sophomore speedster Jalisa Swift (SO/Orlando, FL) had a solid game finishing with 14 points.
On Tuesday, November 25, Dillard continues play in New Orleans for a non-conference game against NAIA nationally ranked Loyola University. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
*Photos provided by Y. Tsega