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Lyles Inks Professional Deal With Sweden's Luleå Basket

Aug. 22, 2007

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Former Southeast Missouri State women's basketball standout Lachelle Lyles has signed a deal to play for Luleå Basket, a team from Ligan, the premier league in Sweden. Luleå is located in the located in the province of Norbotten with a population of 45,467 in Northern Sweden. Lyles will stay in the her hometown of Chicago to prepare for the upcoming season until she reports to the team in mid-October.

"I think that Lachelle has a heck of an opportunity to play overseas and this completes her lifelong dream of playing professional basketball," said Redhawks head coach John Ishee. "I have a good feeling that she will represent Southeast and its women's basketball program in a great fashion at the next level."

Luleå Basket posted an 18-4 record during the 2006-07 season en route to capturing the Ligan's regular-season championship in addition to making the league finals in 2005 and 2006. Other top players in the Ligan include Erin Grant, a member of the WNBA's Houston Comets, and former USC standout Aisha Hollans.

"I'm very excited about signing to play in Sweden this upcoming season. I'm sure it will be a great experience," Lyles stated. "I honestly believe that being at SEMO for the last two years has really prepared me mentally, physically and skillfully to compete at the professional level."

After averaging 4.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 14 minutes per game the 2005-06 season, Lyles has a breakout senior campaign last year in which she averaged an NCAA Division I-leading 17.0 rebounds and 8.6 points a contest en route to helping the Redhawks win their second straight Ohio Valley Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Her 527 rebounds set Southeast and OVC single-season records in addition to ranking third in the NCAA Division I single-season record book. She tallied a Southeast and OVC single-game record 32 rebounds at Tennessee State, which was the fourth-best single-game rebounding effort in NCAA Division I history. She ended her collegiate career with First Team All-OVC and OVC All-Tournament team honors.

"The experience at SEMO has been outstanding because of the team's success, winning two OVC championships and twice playing in the NCAA Tournament," said Lyles. "I would like to thank Coach Ishee, the SEMO women's basketball team, the administration and the Cape Girardeau community for their support and for the great times."


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