Lonlack Helps Cameroon National Team Advance to Afrobasket Tournament
June 1, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - - Rising junior guard Ramses Lonlack has continued to find success on the hardwood over the summer break from the classroom, making the final roster cut for the Cameroon women's National Team that used a pair of victories over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to qualify for the Afrobasket (Africa Cup of Nations) 2011 tournament and the 2011 All Africa Games in Mozambique. Cameroon will represent zone 4 at the Afrobasket women's 2011 tournament that will be held in Mali.
Lonlack was one of 12 players to make the final roster, and played in the team's first game, a 77-61 victory, playing 11 minutes and finishing with four points and three rebounds in her first-ever international competition. Lonlack returned to her native Cameroon back in May for the first time since leaving as a high school sophomore after finally being able to accept an invitation from her national federation to participate in a national team tryout process.
Cameroon then won a close second game, 60-59, the following day to qualify for the Afrobasket tournament.
Lonlack is one of eight returning letterwinners to the Memphis roster next season and is one of four returning starters for a Tiger squad that advanced to the post-season last year for the first time since 2003-04, finishing with a 20-14 mark and a Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) Finals appearance.
The Cameroon native led Conference USA in steals with 96 on the season, one shy of a new Memphis single season record. The C-USA All-Defensive team member was also named a WBI All-Tournament team member and will return this fall for her junior season.