After a tough loss to No. 10 Delta State Thursday night, the Lady Blazers look to rebound against Christian Brothers tonight in the P.E. Complex.
CBU (5-4, 9-6) enters Saturday’s contest hoping to extend their winning streak to three. The Lady Pirates conference record puts them one place above VSU (9-6, 4-5) in the standings.
Despite going up against a top ten team last game, VSU still has its hands full with CBU, a squad with a strong tandem of guards in their backcourt.
Junior guard Breanne Ridgel leads CBU offensively, averaging over 16 points per game, best for 3rd in the GSC. Burgess is also a strong rebounder, who averages 5.1 rebounds per game, and is the best free throw shooter in the conference at 91 percent.
Junior forward Taylor Pugh anchors CBU’s defense, leading the team in both blocks with 16 and rebounds per game with 6.1.
But if statistical rankings are in the discussion, then VSU’s defensive prowess must be mentioned. VSU’s defense allows only 56.9 points per game, which is the 8th best scoring defense in in the country as well as second in the GSC.
Offensively, VSU will likely look to ride April Thomas, who has scored at least 17 points in each of VSU’s last four outings.
Amy Duke is VSU’s second highest scorer at 8.6 points per game, with Kamiya Smith being VSU’s 3rd highest scorer with 7.8.
Neither played much of an offensive factor against DSU, combining for just two points as Rashaundra Owens stepped up and provided 11 points and pulled down 5 rebounds.
The action begins in the PE Complex with the women’s game beginning at 6pm, followed by the men’s game which begins at 8pm.
Note: Saturday’s game also marks VSU’s annual pink out game in honor of Susan G. Komen and breast cancer awareness. Spectators are encouraged to wear pink to the game, and there will be an assortment of prizes and raffles happening throughout the game.
This article was written by Neil Frawley.