VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State put on a strong performance against Lambuth Saturday on its way to a 61-54 victory. The win moves Valdosta State to 11-11 and 5-4 in the Gulf South Conference East Division. Meanwhile, Lambuth drops to 3-19.
Brittany Daniels completed her fourth double-double of the season and second in as many games. She finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds on seven of 12 shooting. Also in the post, Courtney Mitchell scored 13 points with seven rebounds. The pair helped VSU score 38 points in the paint.
Brittany Ferguson finished with two points but helped Valdosta State on the glass with nine rebounds. The big boards from the trio of forwards helped Valdosta State dominate Lambuth in rebounds, 49-26, and scored 14 second chance points.
Only four Eagles scored, led by Sarah Collins with 17 points. Ashley Franklin finished with 15 points, but 11 were on free throws. Maegan Sanders scored 10.
The Lady Blazers were more balanced getting points from every player that played but one. Sczeny Hartry and Bena Hanyard scored nine points each off the bench while Alisha Crawford and Amanda Haven each scored six points.
Valdosta State and Lambuth played a tight game early, but with just over eight minutes left in the first half, the Lady Blazers started to pull away.
Shakeda Richie found Crawford for a three-pointer to give VSU a five-point lead. After a free throw from Mitchell, Ferguson fought for a rebound and finished the put back for an eight-point VSU lead.
Three minutes later, Hanyard brought down a rebound to spark a fast break. She found Mitchell on the other end for Valdosta State’s first double-digit lead of the night. After that, Hanyard went coast to coast twice off steals at the top of the key, one of which resulted in a three-point play.
Thanks to Hanyard, Valdosta State had a 13-point lead. Eventually, VSU took a 12-point lead into the break after scoring 22 points in the paint, 12 points off turnovers, 11 second chance points, eight points on the break and 14 points from the bench.
Valdosta State built on its 12-point halftime lead out of the gate. Mitchell scored off a Haven assist. Later, Hartry dropped a three-pointer from Ferguson to make it a 19-point lead. Then, with 8:19 left, Mitchell scored from a Hartry assist to give VSU its largest lead of the game at 22 points.
Lambuth did try to put on a brief run, but the Valdosta State lead was too overwhelming.
The Lady Blazers return to action against Concordia-Selma at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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