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Red-hot Lady Blazers bump record to 10-3

 

VINCENNES, Ind. -  The Vincennes University women’s basketball team had strong starts to each half and bounced Southeastern Illinois, 85-45, in a Region 24 game Saturday at the P.E. Complex.

Sophomore Fess Hawkins (Bentonville, Ark.) led three Lady Trailblazers (10-3, 4-0 Region 24) in double figures with 26 points. VU built a 31-9 lead early in the second quarter, only to see the Falcons cut the deficit to 35-27 by halftime. The Lady Blazers retaliated with a 22-6 opening to the second half to take a 57-33 lead and had a 59-38 cushion going into the fourth quarter.

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Sophomore Jhala Henry (Jeffersonville, Ind.), and sophomore Jaynice Stovall (Covington, Ky.) were the other double-figure scorers with 18 apiece.

Freshman Amani Brown (Terre Haute, Ind.) was nearly a fourth double-figure scorer, tallying eight.

Stovall netted all five of her free-throw attempts.

VU Coach Harry Meeks says. . .

“It was a perfect trap game (after defeating No. 11 Wabash Valley on Wednesday). You beat a good opponent and come back and expect an easy game. They're never easy. I told them at halftime we better get it together quick these first five minutes because it was going to determine who wins this game. I was proud of the girls in the second half. We really turned it on, made some shots and made some better decisions.

“Fess has done a great job for us. She's a heck of an offensive rebound, good around the basket and can shoot the 15-footer. I was hoping she would have kind of a breakout year, and she’s doing that and more."

Notes

  • It was the seventh consecutive win for VU, which should expect to enter the NJCAA Division I poll for the first time when it’s released Monday.
  • Hawkins has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games, tallying 25 against John A. Logan on Nov. 26 and 20 against Wabash Valley on Wednesday.
  • Stovall has reached double figures in 12 of VU's 13 games, while Henry, the team’s leading scorer at 18.5 per game, has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games.
  • Staisha Hamilton led Southeastern Illinois (5-5, 2-2) with 16 points.

Next up

The Trailblazers play host to Lincoln Trail in a Region 24 game at 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 11 in the P.E. Complex.
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