VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State was able to pick up the team’s first Gulf South Conference victory of the season with a 62-56 win over Alabama-Huntsville. Both teams move to 1-1 in conference play, but Valdosta State moves to 7-8 while UAH falls to 6-9.
Brittany Daniels played her best game of the season, scoring 15 points and bringing down 12 boards without a turnover. She was integral to VSU’s success Saturday night. But if any game signifies a team win, it was this one.
Valdosta State finished with 13 assists: four from Amanda Haven, three from Brittany Ferguson and six from four other players. The Chargers could only muster four assists to 16 turnovers while VSU kept the team’s turnovers to just eight.
The Lady Blazers added eight steals to the stat sheet, with four from Sczeny Hartry who finished with 12 points, four steals, two assists, two rebounds and what may have been a game-saving block. Hartry did all that while notching 40 minutes of play for the second consecutive game.
On the boards, Valdosta State brought down 47 rebounds. Daniels led the team with her 12, but Courtney Mitchell finished with 10. Three others had four or more.
In the first half, Valdosta State snagged a 12-point lead on a layup from Mitchell with the assist to Haven. But Alabama-Huntsville went on an 8-0 run to close out the half down by just four.
To start the second half, Hartry stole the ball, finished the layup and made the free throw when she was fouled to push the lead back to seven. That seven-point was the largest lead either team would hold in the second half though. Valdosta State never trailed but Alabama-Huntsville pulled as close as two points.
The first time Huntsville was within two in the second half at the 15:35 mark, Alisha Crawford answered with one of her three long balls on the night to bump the lead back to five.
Alabama-Huntsville’s Candace Lee dropped a three-pointer with 4:51 left to play to again pull within two, but Daniels did work in the paint for two consecutive baskets. But Andrea Bennett made another three-pointer to close within three before Ferguson hit one of two free throws for a four-point VSU lead with less than a minute left to play.
Jordan Beggs received the ball in the corner to try to pull the Chargers within one, but Hartry hustled to make the block. Ferguson made a free throw next and the Lady Blazers were able to make enough of their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Valdosta State will get a week off before returning to the road to face Lambuth at 3 p.m. Saturday.