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(New Orleans) It didn't take long for junior transfer Benita Lee (JR/Tuscaloosa, Ala.) to get hot from behind the arc once she was given the chance. In the game against Tougaloo, the unsung guard from Tuscaloosa nailed six 3-pointers and had career-highs in six categories including points (18), field goals made (6), FG's attempted (14), 3-point FG's made (6), 3-point FG's attempted (11) and offensive rebounds (1).
"I thought she went in there and did a great job when her name was called," said Dillard University women's head basketball coach Norbert Rome. "She has been putting in the work all season long, and when she got the opportunity to start, she provided what we needed from the perimeter by going 6-of-11 from the 3-point line. You can't ask for anything more."
When asked if she celebrated her huge game, Lee calmly responded. "I am a person that stays humble," said Lee. "My Ju-Co coach (J. Williams) always taught me that when you do something great, stay humble and give it to God."
Prior to the Tougaloo game, Lee averaged just 0.4 points and four minutes per game.
"Coach Rome gave me the opportunity to let me open up as the player that I know I am, and the rest is history," said Lee. "I will remain humble and I will keep doing what I do. This week so many people have been coming up to me and praising me, but I am not the type to boast or brag."
After winning its first two games of conference, the Lady Bleu Devils are 8-11 overall and 3-3 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, currently good for fourth in the GCAC. This Saturday they have the huge task of going to the Convocation Center for the 2016 Crosstown Classic where they are winless against the Gold Nuggets.
In fact, the Dillard women have not defeated Xavier on the road since 1991, before Lee was born.
History could be made on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m.
*Photos provided by J. Williams