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In the Big Easy, a trying 0-27 campaign tests the patience, character of UNO women's team

  • This Jan. 16, 2014 photo shows New Orleans women's basketball coach Keeshawn Davenport talking to her players during an NCAA college basketball game against Lamar, in New Orleans. Despite her team's 0-27 record, Davenport says she loves coming to work and does not fear for her job. (AP Photo/The New Orleans Advocate, Scott Threlkeld)  (AP Photo/The Advocate, )   MAGS OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; NO FORNS; LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT (INCLUDING GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT, 225, 10/12, INREGISTER, LBI CUSTOM); MANDATORY CREDIT

    This Jan. 16, 2014 photo shows New Orleans women's basketball coach Keeshawn Davenport talking to her players during an NCAA college basketball game against Lamar, in New Orleans. Despite her team's 0-27 record, Davenport says she loves coming to work and does not fear for her job. (AP Photo/The New Orleans Advocate, Scott Threlkeld) (AP Photo/The Advocate, ) MAGS OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; NO FORNS; LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT (INCLUDING GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT, 225, 10/12, INREGISTER, LBI CUSTOM); MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Jan. 16, 2014 photo, New Orleans women's NCAA college basketball player Octavia Wilson (21), center, gets fouled going up for a shot against Lamar'a Gia Ayers (1) and JaMeisha Edwards (20) during the second half of a game in New Orleans.Despite her team's 0-27 record, University of New Orleans women's basketball coach Keeshawn Davenport says she loves coming to work and does not fear for her job. (AP Photo/The New Orleans Advocate, Scott Threlkeld) (AP Photo/The Advocate, Scott Threlkeld)   MAGS OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; NO FORNS; LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT (INCLUDING GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT, 225, 10/12, INREGISTER, LBI CUSTOM); MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this Jan. 16, 2014 photo, New Orleans women's NCAA college basketball player Octavia Wilson (21), center, gets fouled going up for a shot against Lamar'a Gia Ayers (1) and JaMeisha Edwards (20) during the second half of a game in New Orleans.Despite her team's 0-27 record, University of New Orleans women's basketball coach Keeshawn Davenport says she loves coming to work and does not fear for her job. (AP Photo/The New Orleans Advocate, Scott Threlkeld) (AP Photo/The Advocate, Scott Threlkeld) MAGS OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; NO FORNS; LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT (INCLUDING GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT, 225, 10/12, INREGISTER, LBI CUSTOM); MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Losing the first 27 games of her college career has taught New Orleans freshman guard Octavia Wilson a lot about how much basketball means to her.

She's not about to recommend other athletes experience an entire season without a victory, which is what will happen if UNO doesn't win one of its final two games this week. She only hopes she'll be able to look back on this season as pivotal test of character on the way to future success.

It appears Keeshawn Davenport will continue coaching the program for which she once played. Athletic director Derek Morel says he's confident in Davenport's plan and says sometimes it pays to be patient.

Davenport says her young, inexperienced team is improving, even if the record doesn't show it.