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Dossett hits 5 treys as VU holds off Wabash Valley for 19th victory of season

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. - The Vincennes University Women's Basketball Team gutted out a 75-71 win Wednesday at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, IL, after the Trailblazers managed to grab command of the game late in the contest and then held on to weather a Wabash Valley comeback attempt.

Sophomore Brooke Dossett paced VU (19-3) with 19 points, thanks in part to 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range, while sophomore Kyra Tucker finished with 16 points and freshman Marley Miller scored 13. Wabash Valley's Kaela Hodges scored a game-high 30 points. Auriel Tribble was the only other Warrior in double figures with 11.

The game was filled with anxiety for the Trailblazers throughout much of the evening. Before the dust cleared, the game was tied eight times and saw six lead changes. The game was close until treys by Dossett and Miller, a Tucker bucket and a rebound put-back by freshman Unique Conner helped VU open up a 65-55 lead in the fourth quarter. The lead eventually grew to the Trailblazers' largest cushion of the night at 71-57. However, the Warriors (10-11) sliced the VU lead to 71-61 and began pressing with about four minutes remaining to make things scary for the Trailblazers. VU benefitted from some good fortune when three Wabash Valley fouls provided the Trailblazers with a fresh 30-second shot clock on three occasions to milk the game clock to about the 40 second mark. VU was also fortunate when Wabash Valley''s Kaitlynn Henning missed a layup  with about 26 ticks to play and the Warriors' Maddison Ubelhor was off on another layup with 19 seconds on the clock.

Despite Hodges hitting a pair of free throws to enable the Warriors to close to within 73-69, Tucker hit one at the stripe to make it 74-69. After Ubelhor was off on two free throws, Tucker hit 1-of-2 again for a 75-69 advantage for the Trailblazers. At that point, it was simply a matter of letting Wabash Valley go unimpeded to the rim and score so the clock could expire.

Dossett's five treys were joined by Miller's trio of 3-pointers and a trey by sophomore Emily Lueken. VU's 9-for-20 from beyond the arch eclipsed the Warriors' 4-of-7 performance from long range. The Trailblazers also claimed the battle on the boards, 39-34, despite Wabash Valley coming out on top in second chance points (18-7) and points in the paint (32-18).

On Saturday, VU will travel to Kaskaskia in Centralia, IL, for a 2 p.m. ("Vincennes time") tip that is the first game of a men's-women's doubleheader against the Blue Angels and Blue Devils. That game begins a five-games-in-15-days stretch for the Trailblazer women. After Saturday, the ladies return home to host Three Rivers at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, and then host Southeastern Illinois at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The Feb. 3 game - followed by the VU men vs. visiting Southeastern Illinois - will be part of VU's annual Play4Kay event to generate awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research.

The VU women will then make a Feb. 10 trip to John A. Logan in Carterville, IL, followed by a shorter trip to Robinson, IL, to face Lincoln Trail on Feb. 13.

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The Vincennes University Athletic Department hosts Play4Kay and raises donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund annually. VU Women’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Harry Meeks has a special connection to the late Yow, who was the longtime coach at North Carolina State. He had the pleasure of meeting her while he was an assistant coach at Western Carolina University. This left a lasting impression on him and made this cause important to him and the Trailblazers.

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