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(New Orleans) Dillard wasted no time in revamping its lineup in the offseason in order to keep up with the premiere teams in the conference; in addition to the four previous signees, the Lady Bleu Devils have also added incoming freshmen Lauren Taylor, Makeedah Collins, and the 6'2" sophomore transfer Tracey Mwenesi.
"Lauren can shoot the three ball, defend extremely well and get to the basket," said Lady Bleu Devils head coach Norbert Rome. "She can also block shots and close out on opposing shooters." Taylor (left) graduated from Manvel High School in Manvel, Texas, where she was named to the National Honor Society during her junior and senior years. She plans to study computer science at Dillard University.
As for Collins (right), her coach thinks that her versatility will help out his team.
"Makeedah can play either the three, four or five," said Rome. During her senior year in high school, Collins led her Dekanye High School Lady Wildcats (Houston) to the Class 6A girls basketball state final in the Alamodome in San Antonio before falling to the Duncanville Pantherettes.
Mwenesi (below) is the lone signee to have NAIA experience; the Kenyan native played with the Texas College Lady Steers last season, seeing minimal time on the floor. In her sophomore campaign, she looks to add height and solid defense to her new team. "We are looking for Tracey to bring height to the team, and on the defensive side we look for shot blocking and rebounding from her," said Rome. She plans to study nutrition at Dillard University.
The new look Lady Bleu Devils, along with 2016 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Shaelynn Moore hit the road for the season opener on Monday, October 31 against Dallas Christian.