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VU women fall, 66-56, to John A. Logan on the road

CARTERVILLE, Ill. - The Vincennes University Women's Basketball Team used a 13-0 run late in the first half and stretching into the second half to make it a close game but couldn't sustain the pace Wednesday night at John A. Logan and dropped a 66-56 decision to the Volunteers.
 
Freshman Marley Miller scored a game-high 19 points (including all three of the Trailblazers' 3-pointers) to lead VU. The Trailblazers also got 14 from sophomore Brooke Dossett. Freshman Tiaunna Watkins led John A. Logan with 17 and sophomore McKena Miller finished with 16 for the victors.
 
The Trailblazers (21-5) fell behind, 20-10, at the end of the first quarter, thanks in part to nine turnovers in the first 10 minutes. VU then outscored the Volunteers, 19-11, to make it 31-29 John A. Logan at the half. The offensive spurt in the second quarter was part of a 13-0 VU run that stretched into the early portion of the third quarter. When the Vols (19-4) ended the VU tear at about the 8:00 mark in the third, the score was 33-31 John A. Logan. At that point, however, the Vols went on a run of their own and took command of the game the rest of the way. With that two-point Vols advantage, McKena Miller drained a trey and scored again as she was fouled a short time later. She made the free throw for the old-fashioned 3-point play and gave John A. Logan a 39-31 lead.
 
But the Vols' Miller wasn't done. She hit another 3-pointer to make it 42-31 and the two teams played even, 7-7, the rest of the quarter. With the score 49-38 John A. Logan to start the fourth stanza, the Vols kept the Trailblazers at bay. VU cut the lead to eight points at one point late in the contest but couldn't get any closer and John A. Logan passed the 5:00 mark with a 57-43 lead.
 
The Trailblazers were plagued by 26 turnovers and 12 missed free throws. VU was also whistled for 27 fouls and hit only three of 14 shot attempts from beyond the arc.
 
VU will travel to Lincoln Trail in Robinson, IL, on Saturday as part of the Trailblazer Men's and Women's Basketball doubleheader. The ladies will then host Rend Lake on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the VU P.E. Complex and close out the regular season by heading to Southwestern Illinois on Feb. 20 and hosting Shawnee on Friday, Feb. 26, as part of a doubleheader with the VU men that will also be Sophomore Night for both teams.
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