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VU Women's Basketball upsets NJCAA No. 16 Shawnee, 90-64, in season finale to secure second seed in next week's District P Tournament

The Vincennes University Women's Basketball Team positioned itself to have the second seed in the upcoming NJCAA District P Tournament when the Trailblazers posted a 90-64 win over top seed Shawnee Friday night at the VU P.E. Complex in the regular-season finale for both squads. It was also Sophomore Night for Trailblazers Chelsea Bentley, Brooke Dossett, Emily Lueken, Imani Taylor, Kyra Tucker and Mikaela Watson.

Tucker led VU (25-5/15-3 in District P) with 19 points, Taylor added 15 and Dossett and freshman Marley Miller finished with 13 each as the Trailblazers placed six players in double figures in scoring. Taylor had nine rebounds and Tucker pulled down eight boards. Freshman guard Emari Jones paced Shawnee (28-2/16-2) with a game-high 24 points.

VU entered Friday's contest two games behind Shawnee in the District P standings. The Saints hadn't lost a District P game since dropping their opening district game to John A. Logan by an 87-81 score on Nov. 18. Since then, Shawnee had reeled off 16 consecutive wins, including a 72-70 win over VU on Jan. 20 in Ullin, IL, to bring a 16-1 district slate into Vincennes (the Saints had registered 23 consecutive wins overall prior to Friday's setback at the VU P.E. Complex). The Trailblazers were 14-3 in District P play.

Other than dropping Shawnee's district record to 16-2, Friday's outcome didn't change things for Shawnee as the top seed in the District P Tournament that begins Tuesday at the home sites of the top four seeds. The Trailblazers are now 16-3 in the district and will host one of the tournament first round games Tuesday at the P.E. Complex. Coach Harry Meeks and his team were awaiting results of other district games and a subsequent seeding process to see who would be VU's first opponent in the tournament, which switches to Rend Lake College in Ina, IL, for all games after Tuesday's four contests.

  • More information on the VU Women's Basketball Team's first opponent on Tuesday will be made available after the tournament seeds are set.

On Friday, VU shot 50 percent from the field (32-of-64) and knocked down 23-of-28 free throws, including an 11-for-12 performance at the stripe in the second half when the Trailblazers outscored the Saints 30-16 in the fourth quarter and pulled away from a 60-48 advantage after three periods. VU also moved the ball well and executed efficiently on offense. The Trailblazers dished out 16 assists, including five by Bentley and four by Dossett.

After the Saints had crept within 46-40 near the 7:00 mark in the third quarter, the Trailblazers started strong in the final quarter. VU held a 70-51 lead early in the fourth after two buckets by freshman Laurhen Pickett, a pair of baskets by freshman Katrina Vectirane and a Bentley transition bucket after Dossett had thrown a pass over the Shawnee defense. The Trailblazers never looked back and were never seriously challenged from that point on.



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