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Thursday, February 21, 2013

VIRGINIA STATE AVENGES EARLIER SEASON LOSS WITH 80-42 VICTORY OVER LADY BULLDOGS




PETERSBURG, Va. – Four Lady Trojans hit double-figure scoring and were led by Lamesha Deal (Norfolk, Va.) with a game-high 22 points, as Virginia State University’s women’s basketball team routed the Lady Bulldogs Bowie State 80-42. The loss snapped a three-game series win streak by the Lady Bulldogs.

Junior Alessandra Flores Conway (Hagerstown, Md.) and sophomore Channell Mackey (Clinton, Md.) led Bowie State with eight points each. Sophomore Jasmine McIntosh (Bowie, Md.) contributed seven points and freshman Sandra Davis (Bronx, N.Y.) pulled down a team-high five rebounds.

Aggressive defense with great shot selection allowed the Lady Trojans to open up a 6-3 lead in the opening minutes of the game. Virginia State held the Lady Bulldogs to 23 percent shooting from the field while free-throws paced the Lady Trojans midway through the first half of play.

Bowie State (7-16, 4-11 CIAA, 3-6 North) cut the Lady Trojans lead to 12-11 by the 6:11 mark.  Bowie State held a 18-15 lead after a bucket and a pair of free throws by junior Moriah Goodman (Baltimore, Md.).

VSU’s Yashica Blakney (Greenville, S.C.) temporarily stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer. A three-point play from Alexandria Massado (Wilmington, Del.) finally tied the game for the Lady Trojans with 2:49 left in the first half.

Virginia State’s Ashley Whitaker (Petersburg, Va.) scored two consecutive buckets, giving the Lady Trojans a 24-20 advantage. Da'Shae Jones (Norfolk, Va.) followed up with a timely score in transition as VSU hopped back on top 26-20 with under minute left in the first half. The Lady Trojans would head into the locker room with a 28-21 lead and the momentum.

The Lady Trojans ended the first half with an 18-10 advantage on the boards. VSU's leading rebounder, Lamesha Deal had with five rebounds in the half.

Virginia State (12-13, 5-10 CIAA, 4-5 North) was red hot early in the final half of play eventually opening up a 40-23 gap. Virginia State never trailed in the second half shooting 61 percent from the field in the final half and dominated the paint. Virginia State held a 32-14 advantage in the paint and a 34-22 lead in rebounding.

Other top scorers for Virginia State include Massado with 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and Jones added 14 points and a game-high six assists. Whitaker finished with ten points, leading the bench.

The Lady Bulldogs will close out the regular season on Saturday (February 23rd) at Elizabeth City State University. Game time in ECSU’s Vaughan Center is 1 pm.

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