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Ice Cold Shooting Sinks Lady Bleu Devils in Season Opener vs. Southern University at Baton Rouge

Sat, Nov 12, 2011 - [Dillard]

(Baton Rouge) The Dillard Lady Bleu Devils Basketball Team was unable to find their shot or any offensive rhythm and lost to the Southern University Lady Jaguars 66-47 on Friday night at the FG Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Lady Bleu Devils, with three new starters and five freshmen, were unable to get anything going on offense from the outset. Shooting on 16% from the field as a team in the first half, the Lady Bleu Devils were able to hang tough against the Lady Jaguars due to their defense, trailing 29-16 at the break. The Lady Bleu Devils held the Lady Jaguars to 41% shooting in the first half while forcing Southern into 13 turnovers.

In the second half, the Lady Bleu Devils continue to struggle with their shooting, fueling the Lady Jaguars transition offense, which help them extend their halftime lead. The Lady Bleu Devils shot 25% from the field in the second half, which was not enough to keep up with the Lady Jaguars.

Seniors Lauren Daniel and Ariel Mitchell each lead the Lady Bleu Devils with 11 points apiece. Freshman Keyantra Taylor finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds for the Lady Bleu Devils, but she was just 2-for-8 from the field. For the game, the Lady Bleu Devils shot 23% from the field, while committing 18 turnovers.

The Lady Bleu Devils will be back in action on Monday, November 14th on the Battlefield in Dent Hall in their season opener versus the Loyola University Lady Wolfpack at 5:00p.m.

It will be the First Annual Dillard Athletics Food Drive (Thanksgiving) on the Battlefield. All students who attend the game and bring two can goods/non-perishable items will receive a free authentic Dillard Athletic hand clapper.

Dillard Falls in Exhibition Game to McNeese St. 80-43

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 - [Men's Basketball]

(Lake Charles, LA) The Dillard Bleu Devils traveled to Lake Charles, Louisiana and lost an exhibition contest to McNeese St. University 80-43 on Tuesday night.

The Bleu Devils, seeking their first victory of the season, were battling a Cowboys' team that finished with a 15-2 home record last season en route to a 21-12 overall record, a South Louisiana Conference Title and a NCAA NIT appearance.

The Bleu Devils hung tough against the Cowboys early in the first half. Although the Dillard struggled early with their shooting, they were able to use a stifling interior defense to keep McNeese St. from jumping out to a huge lead. The Bleu Devils' Jamal Silas came off the bench early in the first half, giving Dillard a spark with 4 points to keep the score close at 16-10. Following a McNeese St. timeout, the Bleu Devils' offense sputtered, which was all the Cowboys needed to extend to a 22-12 lead and take command of the game from that point. The Cowboys clogged the paint, forcing the Bleu Devils to rely on their outside shot, which was not falling. McNeese St. closed the first half with an 11-1 run to lead 38-15 at the break. Dillard shot 30% from the field in the first half after connecting on 2-of-4 field goal attempts to start the game. Jamal Silas lead the Bleu Devils with 8 first half points.

In the second half, the Bleu Devils attempted to establish a rhythm on offense early. Two jumpers by the Bleu Devils' Zach Harmon cut the Cowboys lead to 19 at 38-19. Thereafter, three straight turnovers by the Bleu Devils, which were converted into three straight three-pointers by the Cowboys, blew the game open and sealed the victory for McNeese St.

Jamal Silas led the Bleu Devils with 17 points, including 3-for-6 from behind the three-point arc. Lawrence Etah chipped in with 9 points, while Zach Harmon contributed 6 points and 9 rebounds for the Bleu Devils.

The Bleu Devils will try again for their first victory of the season on Saturday, November 26th when they travel to Loyola University to battle the Loyola Wolfpack. Tipoff will be at 3:00p.m.
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