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In an away game last weekend, the Memphis Express, a team in the semi-pro Women's Blue Chip Basketball League, lost to the Shreveport Sting. On Saturday, the Express will have an opportunity to even the score.

"This is kind of a makeup game — you lose one and then you win one," says Antasha Jefferson, who took over coaching duties in September after playing for the Express herself.

Saturday's game will be especially important, because, if they win, the Express will be tied for first place in the WBCBL.

But Jefferson is hoping for more than victory on the court: "If we can get more sponsorships, it may open up the door to have more teams in Memphis." Ultimately, she hopes Memphis will start its own WNBA team.

According to Jefferson, members of the Express, which includes former WNBA players, display an enthusiasm for basketball that translates into an intense and fast-paced playing style.

While Jefferson says the team has some stand-out players, the Express' real strength is its unity. "Everyone seems to be backing each other," Jefferson says. "We've formed a tight bond, and the women are whole-hearted basketball players. They play for the team."

Memphis Express vs. Shreveport Sting, Mitchell High School (658 Mitchell), Saturday, June 23rd, 3 p.m. $2 per adult and $1 per child. For more information, go to www.wbcbl.com.

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