VALDOSTA, Ga. – After falling to Fort Valley State earlier in the season, Valdosta State received retribution with a 68-49 victory at home t move to 5-5 on the season.
Five Lady Blazers scored in double figures, led by Brittany Ferguson. Ferguson finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Sczeny Hartry tallied 13 points and four assists. Amanda Haven added four assists as well.
Valdosta State’s forwards were successful throughout the entire game. Courtney Mitchell, Dominique Smith and Brittany Daniels combined for 31 points.
Ferguson and Mitchell’s combined 18 rebounds help VSU dominate the boards for a 37-26 advantage. Valdosta State was also able to pass well throughout the game, notching 17 assists to Fort Valley State’s seven.
The red and black fell behind early, 11-0, after struggling with Fort Valley State’s press, but after a timeout, Valdosta State went on a 9-0 run of its own. Daniels hit two free throws followed by a three-pointer from Hartry. Two more free throws from Hartry made it 11-7, then Shakeda Richie hit a layup from Hartry for two more.
Valdosta State really hit its stride the last seven minutes of the half. Mitchell and Smith combined to play a strong high-low game against FVSU’s zone. For a four-minute stretch, Mitchell and Smith hooked up for eight points and two assists to pull within two points, 26-24, with two minutes left in the half.
The Wildcats made two free throws, but Hartry hit a three from Crawford, and Ferguson knocked down a short corner jumper from Smith to take the lead with 42 seconds left in the half. Hartry scored one more for good measure to make it 31-28 at the break.
Ferguson and Daniels went to work to the first four minutes of the second half, scoring the first 12 second half points for VSU to make it 43-30. Both players showed an array of moves in the post.
Mitchell hit two more free throws to make it a 15-point lead for the Lady Blazers, and Valdosta State never looked back, putting together a final lead of 19 points.
Kendra Evans led Fort Valley State in scoring and rebounding with 14 points and seven rebounds. Jasmine Birdson and Davina High were second on the team in rebounding with four each. No other Wildcat scored more than Tiffany Platt’s six points.
Valdosta State’s next test will be Saint Leo at The Complex at 6 p.m. December 30.