The 2009-2010 Valdosta State University basketball seasons began this past week as both the Lady Blazers and Blazers were in action at The P.E. Complex.
Lady Blazers: Week in review:
Nov. 15, Lander: The Lady Blazers tipped off their season on Sunday afternoon when they hosted Lander. The Lady Blazers started off with a disappointment as the Lander Lady Bearcats shocked the VSU faithful in a 71-54 defeat for the Lady Blazers. The Lady Blazers jumped out to a fast start and led 15-7 early in the first half; however, the Lady Bearcats fought back and held the Lady Blazers to only 28 percent shooting in the first half and 31 percent overall. The Lady Blazers were outrebounded 42-32 on the afternoon and committed 23 turnovers.
Nov. 16, Edward Waters:
The Lady Blazers rebounded from their opening night loss with a win over NAIA opponent Edward Waters. The Lady Blazers were led by Michelle Thompson who scored 21 points, 16 of which came in the second half. The Lady Blazers struggled with high percentage shots in the paint even though they racked up 38 points inside. Head Coach Kiley Hill said his team has a case of Jekyll and Hyde at times and his team will continue to improve throughout the season.
The Lady Blazers return to action on Saturday night at The P.E. Complex when they host Eckerd. The Lady Blazers will then take to the road for their first road trip of the season when they head south to take on Nova Southeastern on Nov. 24, Tampa on Nov. 25 and Georgia Southwestern on Nov. 29. The Lady Blazers will finish their first road trip of the season when they travel to take on Clark Atlanta on Dec. 2.
Blazers: Week in review:
November 16th, Carver Bible:
With an electric crowd on hand, the Valdosta State Blazers hit the courts to begin one of the most highly anticipated seasons in school history. The Blazers did not disappoint the crowd that filled the P.E. Complex as they dominated the Carver Bible Cougars the whole night never trailing. The Blazers nailed 17 three point field goals, which ties for second in school history for most three point field goals in a single game. The Blazers were led by Ricardo Lewis who went 6-8 from downtown and Christian Hunter who led all scorers with 20 points on the night. The Blazers largest lead of the night came as they went up by 45 with 53 seconds left.
The Blazers will hit the court again on Friday night when they host Saint Thomas on Friday night and then again on Saturday night when they host Florida Memorial. The Blazers will then hit the road for their first road contest of the season when they travel up I-75 to take on Fort Valley State on the 24th and Clayton State on the 28th. The Blazers then return home on Nov. 30 to take on Georgia Southwestern.
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