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Lady Blazers Close out season with Road-Win over SWIC

Belleville, IL – The #22 nationally ranked Vincennes University Women’s Basketball team closed out their regular season schedule with a 70-to-40 win at Southwestern Illinois College. The 25th win of the season locks the team into the 2nd overall seed in the district tournament, and was highlighted by yet another 20-point night from Sophomore Laurhen Pickett.

Defense was the name of the game in the first-quarter for the Lady Blazers. The team held their opponent to just 4 points in the first quarter, and forced them to turn the ball over nearly 6 times, while cruising to a 13-to-6 lead after 10 minutes of play had elapsed in the game.

Laurhen Pickett was the offensive spark plug that the Lady Blazers need in the first-half. Pickett scored 8 of the team’s 13 first-quarter points, then continued her impressive scoring night by adding 8-more of VU’s 18 2nd quarter points. She scored 16 of the Lady Trailblazers 31 half-time points, and the team led SWIC by a count of 17, 31-to-14.

The Lady Trailblazers were fired up to avenge their loss earlier in the week to rival Wabash Valley, and had no plans of letting off the trigger in the 2nd-half. However, this time, freshman Claudia Stan decided she would take over the scoring for the team in the 3rd. Stan poured in 8-points in the quarter, and the Blazers outscored SWIC 23-to-9 in the 3rd to pull to a 31-point lead after 3 quarters of play.

VU would coast to a 70-40 victory over District B opponent Southwestern Illinois to capture their 25th win of the season, and to lock-up the #2 seed in the District B tournament.

Sophomore Laurhen Pickett led the charge in the scoring column for the Lady Blazers. Pickett scored 23 points, and pulled-down 7 rebounds in the game. Freshman Ladellia Maggett had another nice night directing the offense. The North Chicago native scored 12 points, and dished out 7 assists.

The Lady Blazers begin their post-season push for the National Tournament with their first-round game of the District B contest on Tuesday at the Vincennes University P.E. Complex. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. EST! Come out and support your Lady Blazers as they make a push to punch their ticket to Lubbock, Texas!

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