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Career night for Lashann Higgs in Spain

It was a career night for Bahamian female professional basketball player Lashann Higgs as she exploded for a career-high in points internationally, dropping in 32 points and adding four blocks to help her team, Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM, defeat Quesos El Pastor Zamarat, 78-68, in Spain’s Liga Dia regular season on Friday night at the Angel Nieto Pavilion in Zamora, Spain.

This was Higgs team’s second win of the season as they snapped an eight-game losing streak. They now sport a 2-10 win/loss record and moved up one spot in the standings, from the bottom of the league to 15th. They are now above Zamarat who sport an identical record but head-to-head matchup goes in favor of Higgs’ team.

The guard, who is playing in her first season as a professional, said that she came into the game with an aggressive mindset.

“I would say the preparation and the aggressive mindset I told myself to have going into the game was the difference maker. The most impressive out of the two stats (points and blocks) would be the four blocks because I believe that defense can win you a whole lot more games,” Higgs said.

Higgs was efficient from the field as she connected on 14 of her 17 shot attempts, shooting 82.4 percent from the field. She attempted one three-pointer and drilled it in the first quarter. The guard was perfect from the free-throw line where she made all three of her attempts.

Her previous career-high in points internationally was 28 in a loss to Cadademont Zaragoza back on October 11.

She came into this game averaging 0.1 blocks per game but rose to the occasion, playing some tough defense for her team and willed them to a victory. Higgs also had two rebounds and two assists.

The former University of Texas Longhorns player was able to do all her damage in 30 minutes of play.

With 7:10 remaining in the first quarter, Higgs knocked down her only three-pointer of the game, to tie the game at nine. Bembibre went into the second quarter with a 24-21 lead.

In the second quarter, Bembibre locked up their opponent defensively as they held them to just six points in that quarter.

One of Higgs’ blocks came with 2:38 left in the second quarter when she came up with a block and dribbled up the floor for a one-man fast break, making the layup. She put her team up 36-25 with that layup.

The Bahamian was a problem for her opponents all game as she was able to score at will from inside and mid-range.

That quarter ended with the visitors up 45-27.

“The flow was pretty smooth,” Higgs said. “Nothing was forced and my teammates and I did a pretty good job of keeping our rhythm all throughout the game.”

The second half belonged to Zamarat as they outscored the visiting team, but the first half tenacity of Higgs and her team was too much for their opponents to overcome.

It has been an up and down season for Higgs offensively and her team has struggled. The Bahamian said that as a group, they have learned to keep pushing.

“Collectively, we have to work hard in practice, always trust the process and be confident in ourselves,” Higgs said.

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM will return to their home court in Bembibre, Spain on Saturday. They will have a tougher challenge when they face the league leaders Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca who sport a perfect 13-0 record. Higgs said for them to pull off the upset, they will need to be focused to match Avenida’s energy and aggressiveness.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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