Former metro prep stars make history while leading Augsburg to victory

When Augsburg University’s starting five of Tamira McLemore (Eagan), Camryn Speese (DeLaSalle), Arianna Jones (Osseo), Camille McCoy (Park Center) and Kaezha Wubben (Hopkins) took the floor to play an NCAA Division III women’s nonconference basketball game on their home court last week against Wisconsin-Superior, I saw something never seen previously during my 31 years as a photojournalist.

The starters for Augsburg, who defeated UWS 79-63 to remain undefeated at 3-0, were all African American, marking the first time such a lineup had been witnessed by this columnist in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). In fact, many observers believe it is the first time this has happened in conference history.

Each starter made a significant contribution to the victory, including Aiza Wilson (DeLaSalle), who came off the bench.

McLemore (5’8” junior forward) led the way with 22 points and four steals. Wubben (5’7” junior guard) had 14 points and three assists. Jones (5’4” junior point guard) added seven points, six assists and three steals. Speese (5’9” junior forward) chipped in five points, six rebounds and three steals. McCoy (5’8” senior guard) scored two points but led her team with eight rebounds, and Wilson (5’6” junior guard) sparked the winners off the bench with 11 points.

Augsburg is coached by Ted Riverso and assistants Jill Tichy, Jackie Voigt, and Jennifer Phillips.

Tamira McLemore Photo by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald