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Vincennes University women’s basketball ready for postseason play

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University women’s basketball team heads into the NJCAA Division I Midwest District Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Blazers were tied for the top seed, having traded 1-1 during the regular season with Wabash Valley, and the seeding for top spot came down to a coin flip.

The tournament starts March 3 and runs through March 6. VU takes a 26-4 overall record into its first-round game against No. 7 seed Shawnee inside the P.E. Complex at 7 p.m. EST.

First-round contests will be played on the court of the higher seed. The semifinals and championship game will be played at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois.

VU defeated Shawnee twice in the regular season. They won 75-43 on Jan. 11 and 85-54 on Feb. 22.

The tournament seeds are: No. 1 Wabash Valley, No. 2 VU, No. 3 Rend Lake, No. 4 Olney Central, No. 5 Lincoln Trail, No. 6 John A. Logan, No. 7 Shawnee, and No. 8 Southeastern Illinois.

The Blazers have put together a run of eight consecutive 20-win seasons. They produced a 16-win streak during the season, eventually having their run halted by Wabash Valley 83-78.

VU has defeated every team in the Midwest District tourney field this season.

If VU beats Shawnee, it advances to a semifinal on March 5 against Rend Lake or John A. Logan at 6 p.m. EST. The Blazers swept John A. Logan in the regular season with a 99-84 win on Nov. 26 and 100-50 victory on Feb 1. VU also twice defeated Rend Lake, winning 98-73 on Dec. 14 and coming out victorious again on Feb. 15 111-79.

As a team, VU is averaging 42.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore Fess Hawkins is averaging a team-high 14.8 rebounds per game, this is the third highest in the NJCAA.

Sophomore Jhala Henry ranks second in NJCAA Division I in steals with 114 this season, with Sophomore Jaynice Stovall right behind her at No.3 with 109 steals this season. VU ranks eighth in steals with an average of 15.1 per game.

The Trailblazers have four scorers who are averaging double figures. Henry leads with 20.5 points per game. Hawkins is next with 15.9. Stovall is next with 15.2 ppg. Rounding it up with Amani Brown at 14.8.

The 2020 Midwest District championship game is March 6 at 6 p.m. EST. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NJCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship national tournament March 17-21 in Lubbock, Texas.

2020 NJCAA Division I Midwest District Tournament schedule

(All times EST)

First round, March 3

(First-round games played at higher seed)

No. 1 Wabash Valley vs. No. 8 Southeastern Illinois, 6:30 p.m.

No. 4 Olney Central vs. No. 5 Lincoln Trail, 7:30 p.m.

No. 2 Vincennes vs. No. 7 Shawnee at P.E. Complex, 7 p.m.

No. 3 Rend Lake vs. No. 6 John A. Logan, 6:30 p.m.

Semifinals, March 5

(Ina, Ill.)

Winner of 1/8 and Winner of 4/5, 6 p.m.

Winner of 2/7 and Winner of 3/6, 8 p.m.

Championship, March 6

(Ina, Ill.)

Finals, 6 p.m.

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JAKE JACKSON, Assistant Sports Information Director

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VINCENNES UNIVERSITY, Department of Sports Information, www.govutrailblazers.com

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