Valdosta, GA - Valdosta State moved to 6-7 on the season with a 65-51 victory that was never in doubt over Albany State Monday. Brittany Daniels and Amanda Haven scored 13 points each while Courtney Mitchell and Sczeny Hartry each had 11. It was just the second game of the season in which four Lady Blazers dropped double digits.
Little went wrong for VSU in the last game before the conference season. Four Lady Blazers made three-pointers with freshman Alisha Crawford leading the way with two. Valdosta State outscored Albany State in almost every specialty statistic: points in the paint (34-30), points off turnovers (17-4), second chance points (17-4), bench points (20-12) and both teams tied in fast break points with six.
Mitchell provided the offensive spark early with the first six points for VSU. The strong forward showed an adept shooting touch with three made shots from the perimeter. In addition to her 11 points, she tallied four steals and four rebounds.
Hartry supported Mitchell with eight first half points. She scored three points on free throws to reach double figures, but distributed the ball well throughout the second half. After notching two assists in the first half, Hartry finished with six. She also had four steals, four rebounds and a block.
Also playing the role of playmaker was Haven. She passed four dimes and only had one turnover. After scoring just two points in the first half, she exploded for 11 second half points while Daniels scored all 13 of her points in the second half as well.
The team’s high scorer, Brittany Ferguson found other ways to contribute in Monday’s game. She led the team on the glass with eight rebounds.
Valdosta State was able to outrebound the Golden Rams, 36-30, and pass five more assists than Albany State. The vaunted Lady Blazer defense forced 22 ASU turnovers with 14 steals. Albany State could only muster five steals despite pressuring VSU throughout most of the second half.
The Lady Blazers will look to start a streak with this win as they head into conference. Valdosta State plays North Alabama at 6 p.m. Thursday, then faces Alabama-Huntsville at 6 p.m. Saturday, both at The Complex.
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