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Lady Blazers take down No. 11 Wabash Valley

VINCENNES, Ind.- The Vincennes University’s women’s basketball team turned an expected Region 24 showdown with No. 11 Wabash Valley into a rout on Wednesday, as the Trailblazers pulled away to an easy, 90-72, victory.

Although Wabash Valley was ahead by as many as seven points early in the game, the Lady Blazers were on top at all three quarter stops, 24-18, 39-27 and 66-57 at the P.E. Complex. VU sealed its sixth straight win by outscoring the Warriors 24-15, in the final period.

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Freshman Amani Brown (Terre Haute, Ind.) paced four VU players in double figures with 22 points, as she hit nine of 19 shots from the floor. Sophomore Fess Hawkins (Bentonville, Ark.) hit eight of 10 shots on her way to adding 20 points, while sophomore Jaynice Stovall (Covington, Ky.) totaled 19 points and sophomore Jhala Henry (Jeffersonville, Ind.) contributed 17.

Hawkins finished with a double-double, as she grabbed 14 rebounds, leading the Lady Trailblazers to a 43-33 advantage on the boards. Henry added eight rebounds and Stovall six in the win.

Stovall notched a team-high three steals, while Brown was credited with two. Brown led the team with four assists, while freshman Ndeye Codou Ndour (Someone, Senegal) registered VU’s only block.

VU Coach Harry Meeks says. . .

“It’s a big win for our young team. Three sophomores had tremendous nights and did a good job for us. Our young kids came in and did a good job.”

“We were able to rebound with them. I thought we did a pretty good job against their press, and we made some shots. Making shots was key.”

“We had already beaten two teams that were ranked. I just told them, ‘Play as hard as you can play.’ I think we did. Everyone who participated in the game, participated at a really high level.”

Notes

  • The win was the sixth in a row from the Lady Trailblazers, who are now 9-3 overall and 3-0 in Region 24 play. The outcome snapped a six-game winning streak by Wabash Valley, which fell to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in District 24.
  • After trailing by as many as seven points in the opening quarter, VU led by as many as 14 points in the second period and 19 in the third. The biggest lead of the night was 89-66, on Henry’s two free throws with 1:37 to play.
  • VU and Wabash Valley will meet again in Mt. Carmel, Ill., on Jan. 29.

Next up

The Trailblazers will host Southeastern Illinois in a Region 24 game at 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the P.E. Complex.

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MARCIA MARTINEZ, Sports Information Director & University Life Reporter

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