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VU Women's Basketball holds on late for 74-70 win over John A. Logan

The Vincennes University Women’s Basketball Team improved to 13-1, but not without some anxious moments, when the Trailblazers topped visiting John A. Logan, 74-70, Saturday.

The victory was VU’s 13th straight after falling in its opening game of the season. The Trailblazers (13-1) led by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter and then held on when the previously-unbeaten Volunteers mounted a comeback attempt.

Sophomore Kyra Tucker and freshman Milana Matias led VU with 13 points each. Freshman Kyra Tucker had 12 and freshman Joshlynn King scored 10. Tucker and King also led VU with six rebounds each. John A. Logan (11-1) was paced by guard Tiaunna Watkins’ game-high 25.

VU pulled out the win by hitting just enough free throws late in the contest and winning the game’s rebounding battle, 39-33, as the Trailblazers went cold from the floor late. VU’s last field goal came with nearly four minutes to play.

The Trailblazers held a 65-46 lead with 7:30 left, but John A. Logan went on a 10-0 run to cut the advantage to 67-56 with less than four minutes remaining when VU sophomore Brooke Dossett knocked down a jumper to end the VU drought. But, after Dossett’s bucket, the Volunteers reeled off six more unanswered points before Tucker hit two free throws. By that time, it was 69-62 VU.

Both teams traded baskets and turnovers until John A. Logan called timeout with 50.4 seconds left and VU up 71-66. Following the timeout, the Trailblazers turned it over again and John A. Logan capitalized with a bucket to get two points closer. The Vols began to foul in attempts to get the ball back. As Tucker helped bring the ball down the floor for VU, she was hacked and missed both free throws. John A. Logan grabbed the rebound and, at the other end, the Vols’ Haley Darnell canned a jumper to slice the Trailblazers’ once-sizable advantage to the slimmest of margins at 71-70.

With 17.6 ticks remaining, Dossett was fouled and hit one of two at the stripe. Fortunately for VU, Tucker picked off a John A. Logan pass on the interior as the Vols’ Ariel Crump penetrated and got near the rim before attempting to find a teammate. Tucker was fouled again after the steal and she hit both free throws to make it 74-70 as the clock stood at 11.3 seconds.

The Trailblazers had to endure Crump driving to the rim again and getting fouled with 4.3 seconds to go. But Crump missed both free throws and Tucker pulled down the rebound to end it.

VU is now finished with the 2015 portion of its 2015-16 schedule. The Trailblazers will return to action on Jan. 2, hosting Cincinnati State at 3 p.m. at the VU P.E. Complex.


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