February 23, 2019 / Lady 'Blazers earn 20th win of season
VINCENNES, Ind. - The Vincennes University women’s basketball team
crossed off one of its season goals on Saturday night.
The Lady ‘Blazers cruised to an 84-43 win over Southwestern Illinois,
inside the P.E. Complex, to notch their 20th win of the season.
“Getting to at least 20 wins is always one of the goals every year,”
VU Coach Harry Meeks said. “If you can get to 20 wins, odds are you
have a pretty good team.”
The game was also sophomore night as the Trailblazers closed the home
portion of their regular season to improve to 20-6 on the year.
Jaynice Stovall, who is a red-shirt freshman but was honored as
a sophomore, netted a team-high 15 points in the win. Stovall also
pulled down eight rebounds, dished out six assists and came away with
“Jaynice has been playing really good here of late,” Meeks said. “She
had another good all-around floor game for us tonight.”
Meeks elected to sit three of his usual starters so all five
sophomores on the team could get the chance to start and play together.
Sofia Besedina, Diamond Fields and Cristina De La Cruz
all started for the first time this season as they joined regular
starters Stovall and Ivanda Hudjakova.
“I thought it was really nice of Coach Meeks to give us this
opportunity,” De La Cruz stated. “It was nice being able to play with
the people you know the most after being here for two years so we
usually do not get to be out there playing at the same time.
“It all was just a beautiful thing from the flowers and gifts before
the game to getting to start the game with each other.”
The five sophomores combined to outscore the Blue Storm by themselves.
Besedina and Fields both tallied nine points, while Hudjakova added
eight and De La Cruz tossed in five points to go along with Stovall’s
total -- 46 combined points for the sophomores.
“Every year we try and make sure the sophomores are a big part of
this game,” Meeks stated. “We really want to show them our
appreciation for their two years here. I can’t think them all enough.”
SWIC, who only played six players the entire game, closed to within
9-8 with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first quarter. But the Lady
‘Blazers closed the frame on a 13-2 run and never looked back.
VU led 42-21 at the half and 69-28 heading into the fourth.
“I thought our defense did a nice job of taking them out of a lot of
stuff they like to do offensively,” the veteran VU coach stated. “We
made a few mistakes on some of their cuts, but overall I was pleased
with the way we played.
“We ran our offense, run the floor and forced some turnovers. Another
great effort for all the girls.”
Fess Hawkins, who did not play the entire first quarter, ended
up with a double-double. The freshman scored 14 points to go along
with her game-high 13 rebounds.
“Another outstanding game for Fess both rebounding and scoring,”
Meeks said. “She has aggressive on both ends of the floor which is how
we need her to play to be successful.”
Hudjakova added eight rebounds as the Trailblazers dominated the
VU wraps up its final two games of the regular season on the road
this week before returning to the P.E. Complex on Tuesday, March 5 for
the first round of the postseason District P tournament.
The top two seeds in the regular season host first-round games,
before the rest of the tournament is played at Rend Lake.
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