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(Jackson, Ms.) The Lady Bleu Devils trailed by as many as nine points in the first half before outscoring its opponents 35-24 in the second half for a slim 56-53 victory over Belhaven University on the road. Dillard forced 22 turnovers in the win.
The Lady Bleu Devils (8-6, 0-1 GCAC) shot just 31 percent from the field and were outrebounded 49-43. Junior Alena Evans (JR/Las Vegas, NV) had a monster game and produced a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards (10 offensive) in 31 minutes. Senior guard Brittany Smith (SR/Houston, TX) chipped in with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting for Dillard.
The Lady Bleu Devils trailed by two points with less than two minutes to go when Belhaven's Ariel Wilson missed a free throw. Dillard point guard Shantrell Lumar (SO/Baton Rouge, LA) then grabbed the rebound and eventually got the ball to Smith who buried a three pointer, giving Dillard the lead for good. With seconds remaining in the ball game, Wilson missed a potential game tying three-pointer for Belhaven.
On Saturday, January 10, Dillard returns to conference play and travels to South Carolina for a GCAC game against Voorhees College. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m.
*Photo provided by Y. Tsega