VALDOSTA, Ga- The Valdosta State women's basketball team ended their two-game losing streak with a win over West Alabama, 71-59, on Saturday night in the PE Complex. Michelle Thompson led all players with a career high 25 points.
Thompson, who is second on the team in scoring, was 10-for-12 from the field and four-of-five from behind the arc. In the first half (15-of-30). The Lady Blazers led 17-9 with 13 minutes left to play. West Alabama (6-12, 2-2) came within three points but a three-pointer from Janelle Collazo gave VSU a six-point lead and they never looked back, taking a 41-26 halftime lead.
VSU (16-3, 2-2) had one of their best shooting nights of the season, shooting 50% in the first half (15-of-30). The Lady Blazers led 17-9 with 13 minutes left to play. West Alabama (6-12, 2-2) came within three points but a three-pointer from Collazo gave VSU a six-point lead and they never looked back, taking a 41-26 halftime lead.
The Lady Tigers came out scoring in the second half, with a layup from Ashton Washington and a three-pointer from Irimar Hernandez. The Lady Blazers answered right back with two layups from Nina Risto. VSU went up by as many as 14 with six minutes to play with layups from Risto, Vanna Cure and Julie Kongeskov.
VSU sailed through the rest of the game, shooting 52% (13-for-25) and defeating West Alabama 71-59.
Three Lady Blazers scored in double figures. Including Thompson, Risto scored 12 points while grabbing three rebounds and two steals and Carley Peterson was four-for-10 from the floor, picking up 11 points and six rebounds.
Khaleh Thomas had seven rebounds and Kongeskov scored nine points and three assists.
Even though VSU had 20 turnovers compared to UWA's 13, the Lady Blazers out-rebounded the Lady Tigers 38-23 and had seven steals. VSU had a great night from behind the arc, shooting 53.3% (eight-of-15).
West Alabama was 20-of-46 (43.5%) from the field and was led by Washington with 13 points.
The Lady Blazers return to action on Monday, January 28th to take on Montevallo at 6 pm in the PE Complex.