January 26, 2019 / Lady 'Blazers bounce back with win
VINCENNES, Ind. -
Reeva Hammelman knocked down a jumper and hit a pair of
free throws in back-to-back possessions to help get the Vincennes
University women’s basketball team rolling Saturday evening.
The latter gave the Lady ‘Blazers a 12-10 lead over visiting John A.
Logan with 4 minutes, 4 seconds left in the first quarter. VU never
relinquished the lead in an 86-66 District P win over the Lady Vols.
With the win, the Trailblazers improve to 13-5 overall and 7-1 in
“We changed our style of play completely and it helped,” VU coach
Harry Meeks said. “We were able to get after it and get some layups
which makes your shooting percentage look a lot better.”
The Trailblazers defense forced the Lady Vols into 29 turnovers for
VU led 26-15 after the first quarter before pushing the advantage to
50-28 at the break.
A long jumper from
Jhala Henry gave the Trailblazers their largest lead of
the game at 66-37 with 1:50 left in the third.
Then Logan started to chip away.
The Vols would eventually pull to within 79-66 with 3:20 left in the
game before VU scored the final nine points of the game.
“I thought our defense played pretty good the whole game except for
when they went on that run to cut it to 13 points,” Meeks said. “But I
know the history of Logan and they are always good and they are a team
that is never going to quit.”
The Trailblazers used balance scoring in the win as seven players
scored between seven and 16 points.
Henry led the way with 16 points, while Hammelman and
Jaynice Stovall added 14 and 11 points respectively.
Ivanda Hudjakova added nine points and a game-high 12
Nickelle O’Neil, Jocelyn Thompson and
Cristina De La Cruz all came off the bench to score eight
Grace Yocum got her first collegiate start as Fess
Hawkins missed the game to attend a funeral.
Ten of the 11 Trailblazer players scored in the game.
“That is what we need every night,” Meeks said of his balanced
scoring. “Balance is important and you need to have it spread out all
over the whole sheet.”
VU also shot 51 percent from the floor (33 of 65).
The Trailblazers’ game on Monday at St. Fair has been cancelled due
to possible inclement weather.
VU returns to the court Wednesday at Southeastern Illinois.
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