DECEMBER 1, 2018 / Lady 'Blazers cruise to home win
VINCENNES, Ind. -- The Vincennes University Women’s Basketball team
wrapped up its home portion of the first-half schedule with a blowout
win Saturday afternoon inside the P.E. Complex.
The Lady Trailblazers scored the first 17 points and were never
threatened in a 100-44 win over District P foe Rend Lake.
With the win, VU improves to 8-3 on the season and 3-0 against
Fess Hawkins led five players in double figures with 20 points
to go along with a game-high 15 rebounds.
“That’s an awesome night from Fess,” Trailblazers coach Harry Meeks
said of his freshman post player. “She continues to put up big numbers
Jaynice Stovall, who entered the game leading all NJCAA Division I
players with 49 steals on the season, started the scoring with a steal
at midcourt and finished with a layup.
The defensive pressure continued the rest of the game, as the
Trailblazers forced Rend Lake into 12 turnovers in the first quarter.
VU led 25-4 after the first 10 minutes of play.
“Our defensive pressure set the tone early in the game,” Meeks said.
“And it all started with the pressure Jaynice applied on the ball.
The Trailblazers led 44-21 at the half and put the game away by
outscoring the Warriors 31-7 in the third period.
For the game, Rend Lake turned the ball over 34 times.
Stovall finished the game with 14 points to go along with three steals.
Jocelyn Thompson came off the bench for a career-high 11
points, while Jhala Henry and Ivanda Hudjakova both added 10 points.
“Shoutout to Jocelyn,” the Trailblazers coach said. “She shot the
ball really well tonight and did a really nice job with our second group.”
Reeva Hammelman (9), Sofya Besedina (8) and Cristina De La Cruz
(8) combined for 25 points in the win.
“I would rather have that kind of (balanced) scoring than have just
one player who scores 30 points or so like we had last year,” Meeks
said of his offense.
The Trailblazers also dominated Rend Lake on the boards, 53-31 -- 26
coming off the offensive glass.
Hudjakova complimented Hawkins on the boards with 10 rebounds for her
fourth double-double of the season.
“That is one of our major keys in any game is being able to rebound
the ball well,” Meeks said. “It is nice to see our post players coming
up with those kind of numbers.”
The Trailblazers travel to Mineral Area Wednesday night, with a 5 p.m
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