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Vincennes University women’s basketball team riding 12-game win streak

VINCENNES, Ind. – Sophomore Jhala Henry (Jeffersonville, Ind.) scored 14 of her team-high 25 points in the first quarter, fueling the Vincennes University women’s basketball team’s strong start in a 96-78 victory over Mineral Area (Mo.) Tuesday at the P.E. Complex.

It was the 12th consecutive win for VU, which has cleared 90 points in nine of those wins. The Trailblazers entered the NJCAA Division I poll for the first time this season on Monday. They received one point and are the fifth honorable mention team listed.

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Sophomore Fess Hawkins (Bentonville, Ark.) amassed 21 points and 21 rebounds for the Lady Trailblazers (15-3), who had a double-figure lead throughout the last three quarters. VU enjoyed quarter-stop leads of 26-13, 53-37 and 73-55.

Sophomore Jaynice Stovall (Covington, Ky.) contributed 17 points and a team-high six assists.

Sophomore Jocelyn Thompson (Houston, Texas) collected a career-high 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting.

Freshman Amani Brown (Terre Haute, Ind.) was the fifth double-figure scorer with 11 points.

Henry made 10-of-16 shots, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
VU Coach Harry Meeks says. . .
“We’re playing a faster game. We’re wanting to get over 80 shots a game and it fits our style. We played better defense in the last four games than we did tonight. We were allowing too many drives and seemed to lose our man too much.”
“I think we should be a top 20 team, but I use it as motivation. We need to keep playing and playing and playing.”

Notes

  • Thompson scored nine of her points in the second quarter to go with a hustling offensive rebound that led to one of Henry’s four 3-pointers.
  • Hawkins entered the contest leading NJCAA Division I in field goal percentage (68.9 percent).
  • Hawkins, who is fifth in the country at 13.9 rebounds per game, grabbed 11 of her 21 rebounds in the fourth quarter. The sophomore also made all five of her free-throw attempts.
  • The Blazers had a 47-25 rebounding advantage, helping them to take 13 more shots (82-69) and 15 more free throw attempts (24-9).
  • Henry and Stovall had four steals apiece, and 12 of Mineral Area’s 22 turnovers came on VU steals.
  • Masyn McWilliams had a game-high 31 points for Mineral Area (11-6).

Next up
The Trailblazers play at Olney Central (Ill.) at 6:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 8 in a Region 24 game.

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