Valdosta, GA -- November 15, 2011 --
After a two-game winning streak on the road, Valdosta State returned home to host Georgia Southwestern Tuesday night. The Hurricanes proved to be too much for Valdosta State in a 67-60 loss for VSU.
Georgia Southwestern methodically built a 17-point lead in the first half. With just under four minutes left to play in the half, Briana Walker buried a three-pointer to put GSW up 17. Valdosta State battled back starting with an answer from freshman point guard Kourtnee Williams.
On the ensuing possession, she buried a three-pointer herself off an assist from Sczeny Hartry. Williams followed it with another three-pointer to cut the lead to 11, and Valdosta State would ultimately face a 12-point deficit at the break.
Brittany Ferguson started the second half with a lay-up assisted by Bena Hanyard. Trailing by 13 a few minutes later, Valdosta State hit back-to-back buckets to pull within nine. Hartry made a jump shot after one of her three steals, then Maylisa Johnson followed that with a lay-up. Ferguson scored the next two baskets in the game to cut the GSW lead to just five.
Trailing by four with 7:30 to play, Hanyard found Ferguson for two more of her game high 23 points to cut the lead to two. After a GSW free throw, Ferguson gathered an offensive rebound and put it back to make the score 48-47 in favor of the Hurricanes with seven minutes to play.
That would be the closest Valdosta State would come throughout the rest of the game as Georgia Southwestern thwarted any comeback with made free throws and press breaks.
Despite the loss, Valdosta State did many things well. The Lady Blazers scored 30 points in the paint and 18 off turnovers. Williams scored 12 points off the bench to help VSU score 14 in total from the bench. Valdosta State also scored 10 points on the break and 10 second chance points.
In addition to leading all players in scoring, Ferguson nearly double-doubled with nine rebounds. Hartry was second in rebounding with eight rebounds, a career high. She also added three assists and three steals with four points.
Hanyard led all players in assists with five along with five points. Both Johnson and Williams finished with 12 points while Johnson tallied seven rebounds, four steals and two assists.
For Georgia Southwestern, it was Terra Branch leading the way with 22 points while Tania Walters supported her with 16. Adrian Randall led all rebounders with 14 and tallied eight points and four blocks in the contest.
Valdosta State will look to bounce back at Saint Leo at 2 p.m. Saturday.