Sophomore guard Walt Lemon, Jr. came off the bench to score a career-best 26 points, leading Bradley (7-19, 2-12 MVC) to a 68-60 Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball victory versus visiting Indiana State (14-11, 5-9 MVC) Wednesday night at Carver Arena before 7,520 enthusiastic fans. The Sycamores missed its first five field goal attempts as the Braves scored the game’s first five points and never looked back. Freshman guard Jalen Crawford, who made his first career start, drained the first of his three second-half 3-pointers to open the second-half scoring, giving the Braves their first double-digit lead of the game, 29-17. After Indiana State used a 7-0 run to pull within 29-24, Crawford sank treys on consecutive possessions to quickly push the advantage to 35-24 with 13:33 left. Indiana State point guard Jake Odum posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while backcourt mate Dwayne Lathan scored a team-high 16 points. R.J. Mahurin added 10 points off the ISU bench. Jordan Prosser was Bradley’s only other double-digit scorer, finishing with 11 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Bradley dished out 13 assists on its 19 baskets and ended the night with as many blocked shots (7) as turnovers. Click here for the complete game statistics.
Spent the some time in the studio capturing some great images of Cortney who recently graduated from Bradley University. I got a chance to know her at Bradley basketball games as she was a member of the Bravettes Dance Team. She will be attending Butler University in the fall pursuing her Masters Degree in Psychology. Congratulations Cortney!
The Bradley Bravettes Dance Team embraces dedication, hard work, and of course, school spirit. Supporting the Braves, the team performs at men’s home basketball games, selected women’s basketball games, and other various events on campus. Either the coach or the dancers choreograph each routine, incorporating jazz, pom, kick, and other various genres. Multiple choreographers allow each individual to grow as a dancer by learning other styles and technique, since the dancers hail from various studios and dancing backgrounds. In addition, the members further develop their leadership skills by taking turns teaching and leading practices.
In addition to homework, jobs, and other activities, the team sets aside three nights a week to practice. This does not include the extra practices needed when the team has multiple performances in a row. They all agree that they are busy, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Between practices and all the basketball games, the girls really do become like a family and support each other. They work hard, but also enjoy laughing and sharing stories with each other.
The Bravettes have been dancing for years, but the continuation of their organization is not easy. The members independently fundraise and recruit donations every year. The dancers even personally pitch in to help with expenses when needed. Unlike many other collegiate dance teams, the success of the Bravettes is due to the volunteering of their coach and the dancers’ willingness to go the extra mile to ensure a superb team and season.
The main reason the girls dedicate all the time they do, is because they love to dance and cheer on BU! The excitement that results from a basketball game victory or a perfect performance makes all the hard work worth it. The team has grown and improved so much over the years and they seem to be continuing that trend. Their talent and smiles light up the court each time they perform, as countless spectators watch and cheer. This team truly represents what it means to be a BRADLEY BRAVE!
Please visit their web-site for more information about these talented dancers.