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(New Orleans) Lady Bleu Devils head basketball coach Norbert Rome announced that his squad signed two additional athletes; junior college transfer Alexia McDonald of East Central Community College and incoming freshman Daizha Norris of George Bush High School will join the Lady Bleu Devils in the fall.
"Alexia will create matchup problems for opposing teams," said Rome. "She gives us versatility because she has a post-up and perimeter game." The Mississippi native graduated from Petal High School before attending ECCC. As a forward she averaged 16.2 points per game at ECCC and shot over 50 percent from the field before transferring to Dillard.
"I randomly got a call from Coach Loretta Martin, and the rest is history," said McDonald. "When I visited campus, everyone was so friendly, and there was a lot going on in terms of campus life, so that attracted me to Dillard University. As far as playing ball, I am a little nervous but I am also excited to play." McDonald plans to study sports medicine at Dillard.
As for Daizha, she will look to make an impact from the perimeter.
"She will make an immediate impact for our team," said assistant coach Norvell Rome. "With the changing and evolving of the game of basketball, we are looking on getting the best players on the floor, and Daizha's 3-point shooting and her defense will be a great addition to the Lady Bleu Devils." Norris graduated from George Bush High School in Richmond, Texas, and her studies will primarily focus on the medical field at Dillard. As a senior she averaged 12 points and four assists per game at GBHS while also playing AAU ball, averaging nine points a game.
With these new additions plus the U-High duo in Destiny Ephrom and Chelsea Verrett, the Lady Bleu Devils look to beef up and mentally enhance a team that finished sixth out of seven teams last season in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular season play. The Lady Bleu Devils surprisingly have had first-round exits in the GCAC tournament in each of the past five seasons. Their last GCAC tournament win was on March 3, 2011 as Dillard defeated Edward Waters College by the score of 63-54.
"My biggest challenge is wanting to know if we gave our very best each day in order to become the best we are capable of becoming," said Rome.
The new look Lady Bleu Devils kickoff the 2016 season in November. For more information on the upcoming schedule which will soon be released, please visit the Lady Bleu Devils basketball page.