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Lancers top Delaware State, 78-62

Longwood University’s women’s basketball team secured its third victory of the season as the freshman duo of Kyla McMakin and Anne-Hamilton LeRoy combined for 34 points and 14 rebounds as the Lancers defeated the Hornets of Delaware State University, 78-62, according to a Longwood Athletics press release.

“We can remember each woman on our team making a play,” Lancers Head Coach Rebecca Tillett said in the release. “That is what you hope for in a team game, that everybody will take their moment and do something powerful with it. There were unique challenges coming into playing Delaware State, and I thought our women were strategic in how we played the game. We were focused in practice, scout and film work, which is exciting to see. We shared the ball, with 16 assists, which is a fun style of play for us, and it was a good win.”

Delaware State (4-6) overcame a 10-point Longwood advantage to even the game early in the third quarter at 41-41, officials noted in the release. McMakin and the Lancer offense regrouped to outscore the Hornets 37-25 in the second half of play. McMakin led the attack with 10 of her game-high 20 points coming in the closing half.

“Delaware State tried a couple of different things against her, and as a young player in our league, she is going to see a lot of different looks,” Tillett said in the release. “Teams are going to prepare for her, and I thought she did a good job of responding in the third quarter. She stayed aggressive and helped us on the defensive side as well.”

Joining McMakin in the late offensive charge was LeRoy, who used seven of her 14 total points in the final quarter to extend Longwood’s lead.

The Lancers (3-5) visit the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m.