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Lady Trailblazer Basketball Team Continues Strong Play with Pair of Wins at Sodexo Classic

The #21 ranked Vincennes University Women’s Basketball team moved to 6-and-1 on the year with a pair of wins in the Sodexo Classic this weekend fueled by a pair of career high performances from Sophomore Laurhen Pickett, and Freshman Ladellia Maggett.

In the first game of the Sodexo Classic, the Lady trailblazers faced off against Olive-Harvey. In the first quarter, VU jumped out to an early lead on the back of a balanced scoring attack, and thorough defense. Vincennes had an 11 point lead at the end of the first quarter, but would catch fire in the second, stretching their lead to 37 points, and a half time score of 51-14.

Coach Meeks half time speech must have worked, because the Lady Blazers came out with the same fire and determination they had shown in the second quarter, and outscored the panthers 32-7 in the third on the shoulders of a big 10 point quarter from Sophomore Kayla Mallett.

Vincennes would keep the pedal mashed to the floor throughout the 4th quarter, and pull away to a very impressive 108-28 victory on their home floor.

Saturday night’s game was one of the best performances the Lady Trailblazers have had on the year in terms of team basketball, and in terms of filling out the stats sheet. Leading the way of big performances, Ladellia Maggett dished out a career-high 16 assists, and Laurhen Pickett had 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals. Other key performances in the Blazer victory included a trifecta of double-doubles from VU’s post players: 15 points and 11 rebounds from Kayla Mallett, 12 points, 11 rebounds from Sophomore Unique Conner, and 13 points, 10 rebounds, 6 blocks from Freshman Claudia Stan.

Game 2 of the Sodexo Classic was much of the same for the Vincennes University Women’s Basketball team. Sunday, the Lady Trailblazers faced a slightly tougher test against NAIA power house Indiana Tech. The Women’s Basketball picked up their second win of the weekend with a 99-64 victory over the Warriors.

The Lady Blazers jumped out to a 13 point lead at the end of the 1st quarter with good rebounding, solid defense, and great ball movement. They would extend that lead to 26 points by the end of the second, to open up a 49-23 point lead going into the half. Nearly perfect shooting performances from the field by a pair of sophomores in Laurhen Pickett and Kayla Mallett. Pickett was 5-of-6 shooting the basketball in the first half, and Mallett was 4-of-4. Each had 12 points and 8 points respectively to lead the VU in scoring.

Vincennes would again come out and play well to start the second half, outscoring the Warriors 29-17 in the 3rd, before pulling away to win by 35 points.

For VU, Laurhen Pickett led all scorers with 27 points, her second 20 point game of the weekend, and her 4th such game of the season. Other big nights for the Trailblazers were: another double-double from Sophomore Unique Conner with 10 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the weekend, and 12 rebounds and 5 assists from Freshman Ladellia Maggett, who had game highs in both statistical categories.

The Vincennes University Women’s Basketball team will return to action Tuesday, November 22nd, at Shawnee. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m.!

See full box scores for more stats and game information:

Vs. Olive-Harvey - http://njcaa.org/sports/wbkb/2016-17/div1/boxscores/20161119_8m77.xml

Vs. Indiana Tech - http://njcaa.org/sports/wbkb/2016-17/div1/boxscores/20161120_xwzp.xml

 

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