VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State defended its outstanding record at home, moving to 8-1 in The Complex this season with a 63-46 victory over West Georgia Saturday night. Brittany Ferguson poured in 25 points and brought down nine rebounds to lead VSU to the win to put the Lady Blazers at 13-4 on the year and 4-2 in Gulf South Conference action.
Despite constant double and triple teams, Ferguson continued to pour in points, going 10 of 17 from the floor and five of nine from the charity stripe. She added two assists and a steal in 32 minutes of play.
Sczeny Hartry stepped up to support Ferguson in the scoring department with 13 points, nine of which came on three-pointers. That is no surprise as Hartry leads the entire GSC in three-pointers made.
Bena Hanyard put in a solid all around game with nine points, eight rebounds and three assists. Maylisa Johnson continues to distribute the ball well, finishing with five assists.
Valdosta State forced 16 West Georgia turnovers with six steals to just 11 turnovers for VSU. The Lady Blazers were also efficient on the offensive side, shooting 40.7 percent overall. Valdosta State also hit the boards to the tune of 41 rebounds, a 12-rebound advantage over West Georgia. That led to an overwhelming advantage in second chance points, 23-8, in favor of VSU. The Lady Blazers also scored 16 points off turnovers and 24 points in the paint.
The Lady Blazers used a couple of small runs in the first half to gain an advantage. Down one with 9:24 left to play in the first frame, VSU went to work. Brittney Nelson found Hartry for a three-pointer followed by a Ferguson lay-up from Hanyard. After that, Ferguson found Hartry for another jump shot and a six-point lead for VSU with 6:34 left to play.
Later, with a four-point lead, Valdosta State took off again. Hanyard hit two free throws followed by another Ferguson lay-up. After that, Johnson found Courtney Mitchell for a long two-pointer. Valdosta State went back to reliable Ferguson next for two points and a 12-point lead with 2:53 left to play in the first half. Both runs were only broken by West Georgia free throws.
In fact, West Georgia only hit one field goal in the final 9:24 of the half, a half that ended with a Hanyard lay-up with three seconds left. With a strong cushion, Valdosta State would increase the lead all the way to 20 points in the second half, and it proved to be too much for the Wolves.
Valdosta State returns to action in non-conference play against Flagler at 7 p.m. Thursday in The Complex.