Beyond the Game: Little Rock's twin teammates play for more than just each other

Winning is nothing new for Little Rock Women's Basketball Head Coach Joe Foley. His team is 7-0 in the Sun Belt.

For starting sophomore Ronjanae DeGray, neither is playing with sister Raeyana DeGray.

'Ron' and 'Ray' are twins.

"It's a lot of fun. Being able to have my sister with me is amazing," Ron said.

They have more to play for than each other, however. Their true inspiration is their mom.

"She's our rock, our foundation," Ray said. "She's our motivation to keep going. While we do it, we do it for her."

"It's been a tough 18 years," said Ron. "Being able to come to school for free..."

She couldn't finish the sentence without wiping tears from her eyes.

Their mom works in corrections and raised them alone.

"Being a single parent with twins, that's not easy. Being able to be on a scholarship and relieve the financial burden off her is amazing," Ron said. "We try to stay out of trouble and make her proud."

"I know it's been tough but I know it's made them understand the importance of getting an education and working hard," Foley said.

As hard as they work on the court, they work twice as hard in the classroom. After college, their goal is grad school.

"That's going to be pretty great to say I'm a college alum," Ron said.

The Little Rock women's basketball team returns to the Stephens Center on Thursday, February 2nd. The men's team, on the other hand, hosts Troy on Monday, January 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

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