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Women’s Basketball Team Splits Games at Gulf Coast State

Panama City, FL – The Lady Trailblazer Basketball team made the 10 hour and 37 minute drive to compete in a pair of games at Gulf Coast State Community College over the weekend. The lady Trailblazers dropped a tough game to #1 national ranked Gulf Coast State, but rebounded with a very solid win over a very good Florida Southwestern team.

In the first game, the VU Trailblazers faced off against #1 ranked Gulf Coast state, on their home floor. Vincennes jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter behind 3 buckets from Sophomore Jeanier Olukemi, and 2 buckets from Sophomore Lauhren Pickett. Despite the early effort, the blazers trailed by 1 point at the end of the first quarter, 18-19.

Vincennes turned up the pressure in the second quarter, outscoring the Commodores of Gulf Coast 20-15 in the second quarter, and taking a 37-34 lead into the half on the #1 ranked team in the country.

Gulf Coast came out of the locker room for the second half with good energy, and exploded in the 3rd quarter, outscoring the Trailblazers 26-19, and taking a 4 point lead into the final quarter of play.

Vincennes scrapped early, and even managed to tie the game near the mid-way point of the final quarter of play. The Commodores were able to get a big bucket with only a minute and change left in the game, and VU was forced to foul multiple times to attempt to get the ball back and score. Despite a great effort by the Trailblazers, Gulf Coast State managed to pull away late, and win by score of 79-71.

Coach Harry Meeks was very, very proud of his team after the game. Meeks said, “The team really played extremely hard. We got outstanding games from Jeanier, and Lauhren Pickett. Unique Connor also had an outstanding game rebounding the basketball. At this point I am extremely excited about our team, and they know now that they can play at the high level that is required of a championship team. I am very proud of this team.”

Leading the way for the Trailblazers against Gulf Coast were: Sophomore Jeanier Olukemi, who had 18 points, Sophomore Lauhren Pickett, who had 17 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, and fellow Sophomore Unique Conner, who tallied 11 rebounds.

VU came back with a lot of fire on day 2 of their trip to Panama City as they faced off against Florida Southwestern.

The Lady Trailblazers jumped out to an early 21-20 lead at the end of the first, despite sophomore stand out Jeanier Olukemi going down with a knee injury.

Once the VU took the lead, they never looked back. They outscored the Buccaneers 58-45 over the final three quarters of play.

Freshman Ladellia Maggett led all scorers with 24 points, including 4 triples. Sophomore Lauhren Pickett continued her string of very solid games by tallying up a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

After their trip to Gulf Coast State, Coach Meeks said, “The team played extremely well this weekend, and picked up a hard win. The team got the job done. I am very excited about where we are as a team right now. I have to believe that we can compete with anybody.”

The Lady Trailblazer basketball team returns to action this Saturday in VU Sodexo Classic against Olive Harvey at the VU P.E. Complex at 3 p.m!

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