March 5, 2019 / Lady 'Blazers open postseason with rout
VINCENNES, Ind. - For the third time this season, the Vincennes
University women’s basketball team squared off against Southwestern Illinois.
And for the third time, the Lady Trailblazers came away with a
The Lady ‘Blazers opened District P Tournament play with a 73-47 win
over SWIC inside the P.E. Complex Tuesday night.
With the win, the No. 2 seed Trailblazers (22-7) advance to Thursday
night’s semi-final round which will be played on the campus of Rend Lake.
Despite the lopsided win, VU coach Harry Meeks noted his team will
have to play better on Thursday night.
“Games like this when you think you should win, the kids just don’t
come out as sharp as they should be,” the veteran coach stated. “But
this will be the last game we have like that this year.”
VU won the first meeting with SWIC by 20 points on the road, before
scoring a 39-point win in the second meeting.
Tuesday night, the Trailblazers finished with the game shooting just
38 percent from the field (30-for-79).
But the Blue Storm had an even more woeful shooting night, connecting
on just 27 percent (14-for-52) from the floor.
One Trailblazer who had a better than average night was sophomore
Ivanda Hudjakova. The 5-foot-11 post player
netted a game-high 22 points in addition to pulling down 12 rebounds
in the win.
“Ivanda did a really nice job of scoring and rebounding again for us
tonight,” Meeks said.
The 22 points also marked a new career high. Her previous best was 21
against Shawnee last season.
Hudjakova scored eight points in the first quarter as the Trailblazer
led 21-10 after the first 10 minutes of the game.
VU extended its lead to 40-18 at the half and were never threatened
in the second half.
The Trailblazers forced SWIC into 33 turnovers in the game, coming
away with 19 steals.
Fess Hawkins, who swiped a team-high four
steals, pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds to go along with 10 points.
It was the third time this season the freshman has registered at
least 19 boards in a single game.
Led by Hawkins and Hudjakova’s combined 31 rebounds, VU dominated the
glass with a 50-29 advantage in rebounds for the game.
Reeva Hammelman added nine points in the win, while
Jhala Henry finished with eight points.
The Trailblazers (22-7) will face Southeastern Illinois in the
semifinals of the tournament on Thursday night.
The two teams split their two regular season meetings.
VU won at home on a buzzer beater, while Southeastern erased a
6-point deficit in the final 26 seconds to win its home contest.
“They know they can beat us so we are going to have to bring our
A-game,” Meeks said. “And I take the blame for the last time we played
them. We needed a timeout in that last minute and we didn’t have one.
That won’t happen this time.”
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