Seay leads Concordia past Dillard

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

On a night the Concordia College Hornets received their 2006-07 USCAA championship ring, they played like the champs they are.

Led by All-American sophomore Santana Seay, Concordia raced pass the Dillard University Lady Blue Devils 69-59.

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“We just played this team a week ago,” said Hornets head coach Earnest Foster. “We knew what to expect, and knew they would be aggressive, but we knew we could compete with them. Also, we did a great job of executing our offense.”

Concordia was playing without starting point guard Jazzlyn Prince, who is sidelined with a knee injury, and relied on the play of Seay to fill in the role. She finished the contest with a game-high 20 points, six rebounds and eight assists – including five assists in the second quarter of the game.

“Losing Jazz put a lot of pressure on me,” said Seay. “Coach told me that I had to step up and take over. It’s a lot of weight on my shoulders, but I can handle it.”

The Hornets gained a 6-4 advantage in the first three minutes of the contest, then outscored Dillard 29-16 the rest of the half to go up by 15 at halftime.

Seay netted 11 points, and Dara Arias added 10 points, including two triples to help Concordia its double-digit lead.

After receiving their rings at the half, the Hornets did not let up in the second half of the game. With the ball in the hands of Seay almost the entire half on offense, the defense refused to let the Lady Blue Devils get any closer than eight points midway through the half.

Kachina Rouser and DaShawn Butler did the inside work for the offense, helping to increase its lead by as much as 18 points. Rouser dropped in 10 points in the second half.

Rouser finished with 16 points for the night. Arias added 14 points, and Butler contributed 10 points.

Sandra Nweke scored a team-high 16 points for Dillard.