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Opinion: The NCAA should transition away from the four-year transition rule

March Madness has come around once again. With conference tournaments well underway, many teams are hoping to make a magical run in their conference tournament to capture their conference’s bid to the Big Dance. That said, only a select-few 68 teams out of more than 360 teams will hear their name called on Selection Sunday (March 12 at 6 p.m. ...

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Strong second half propels Lady Blazers past Delta State

The Lady Blazers and their conference-leading scoring defense continue to cause opponents trouble. After cruising past Mississippi College (4-15, 3-13 Gulf South Conference) 82-31 on Jan. 19, the Lady Blazers (15-3, 14-2 GSC) stifled Delta State (7-13, 6-10 GSC) in the second half en route to a 59-40 win on Hall of Fame weekend. The Lady Blazers have now won ...

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Lady Blazers survive close call against West Alabama, win 12th straight

The Lady Blazers just can’t seem to lose. Since starting the season 0-2, the Lady Blazers have rattled off 12 straight wins, with their most recent victim being West Alabama (9-7, 6-6 Gulf South Conference), 59-52. The win pushed VSU to 11-1 in GSC play. While VSU led for most of the game, the Tigers gave the Lady Blazers fits ...

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Lady Blazers trounce Shorter for first win of season

After facing a pair of top 25 teams to open up the season, the VSU women’s basketball team had a less daunting matchup with Shorter coming to town. After falling behind 23-16 in the first quarter, the Lady Blazers (1-2, 1-1 Gulf South Conference) outscored the Lady Hawks (0-4, 0-2 GSC) 55-21 en route to an 81-44 win. Head coach ...

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Photos: Inside Blazer Madness

The VSU men’s and women’s basketball teams showcased their talents ahead of their upcoming seasons in Blazer Madness on Oct. 27 in The Complex. The event, which was open to the public, was kicked off by remarks from head coaches Mike Helfer and Deandra Schirmer. Players from both teams were also introduced and spoke during the event.   The men’s ...

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Progress in the eyes of a Lady Blazer

Written by Grace Beyer, Special to the Spectator. Photo courtesy of Grace Beyer. As I jog out of the locker room, around the corner and out toward the gymnasium, I look around. In front of me, a couple of my teammates line up by a big sign that reads “Nease High School Women’s Basketball Game at 6 p.m.!” My coach ...

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Lady Blazers fall short in Elite Eight, ending strong tournament run

The Lady Blazer’s incredible season came to an immature end Monday in Birmingham, as they fell to the Western Washington Lady Pioneers 58-55 in the Elite Eight. The Lady Blazers came into the NCAA Division II Tournament as a 7-seed, but rolled through the first three rounds, defeating each of the top three seeds in the South Region. That earned ...

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Lady Blazers to face Western Washington in Elite Eight

It’s been 38 years since the Lady Blazers’ last appearance in the Elite Eight. However, while they’ve made history in their stunning run through the NCAA South Region Tournament, the Lady Blazers know there is much more at stake when they travel to Birmingham, Alabama. On March 15, it was announced that the Lady Blazers will be the 4-seed in ...

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Lady Blazers topple Union, advance to first Elite Eight since ’84

Monday seemed to be the Lady Blazers’ night in Jackson, Tennessee, as they upset the mighty No. 1-seed Union Lady Bulldogs, 66-58 at home in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Maybe it was lady luck, or maybe it was just hustle and heart as every loose ball, every tipped pass, every long rebound seemed to end up in the hands of ...

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