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Lady Tigers star a role model in Memphis and back home

(WMC-TV) – She's called "AQ" by her team, or African Queen, but Tigers guard Ramses Lonlack's basketball beginnings in Cameroon were a bit more modest.

"I went and watched my school play, and they actually had four players," said Lonlack.  "They needed a fifth one and were like, if you know of someone at your school, you could put them in."

Lonlack had always been an athlete, but in soccer, handball, and track.

Adding basketball to her resume opened up a whole new world, eventually leading Lonlack to Stoneleigh-Burnham School, two hours outside of Boston.

"I was so excited because I was going somewhere I had always dreamed to go," said Lonlack.  "I was always saying I'm going to America to play basketball.  And then my family had to sell land and car to get me a ticket, everything I needed to get over here."

A highly successful career in high school led her to the University of Memphis, where in four years, Lonlack has continued to excel.

She is just the sixth player in Memphis history to score the trifecta of 1,000 career points, 500 career rebounds and 250 career steals.

Lonlack's prowess on the court in America eventually took her back to Africa as a member of the Cameroon national team in the 2011 Afrobasket tournament.  It was the only time her family has seen her play.

"They watched me once when I went home, it was only two games, but it was great for them to see what I became in four years," she said.  "They're reading news, going on internet, but watching me live is pretty exciting."

As her college career winds down, Lonlack has her sights set on accomplishments off the court.  A civil engineering major, Lonlack said she plans to return to her home in Cameroon, where she hopes to build roads and gymnasiums to escape the hot sun.

She is also putting together a shoe campaign that will help provide the people of Cameroon with much needed footwear.

"We really need help, and I know if I start something, a lot of people might help," said Lonlack.  "Since I have grown, I feel like when I go home, a lot of people look to me as someone they want to become, and that challenges me to keep doing the right thing."

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