Courtesy of VSU Athletics:
VALDOSTA, Ga. – To say Valdosta State is ruling 2010 would be an understatement. To say the Lady Blazers just beat Clark Atlanta may be an even bigger understatement.
Six Lady Blazers dropped double digits against the Lady Panthers as Valdosta State rolled to a 40-point victory, 85-45. All 13 Lady Blazers that could play did and all but two of those scored.
Leading the way for Valdosta State was Sierra Nixon with 12 points off the bench. But the bench proved powerful Monday night as Lauren Maples dropped 11 points with three three-pointers while Shakeda Richie and Brittany Daniels each scored 10. Courtney Mitchell was just one point shy of the double-double as she finished with nine points and 10 rebounds to lead all players. Maegan Czerepinski joined the scoring to make it 54 points off the bench for the Lady Blazers.
Two starters reached double digits as Tamika Booker and Michelle Thompson both finished with 10 points. Booker added seven rebounds while Thompson brought down four and had three steals and two assists. Thompson notched 16 minutes, the most by a VSU starter on the night. The leading playmaker for Valdosta State was Sczeny Hartry with a season-high five assists.
Again, strong defense opened the game up for VSU. The Lady Blazers forced 17 turnovers with 12 steals and held Clark Atlanta to just 29.3 percent shooting and 26.3 percent from beyond the arc. Valdosta State finished shooting 49.3 percent overall and 53.3 percent from long range.
The Lady Blazers dominated Clark Atlanta on the boards with eight more offensive rebounds, 17 more defensive boards and a 52-27 advantage on the glass overall.
Valdosta State scored 44 points in the paint, 26 second chance points, 19 points off turnovers and 15 points on the break. The Lady Blazers domination led to a lead as large as 44 in the second half.
For Clark Atlanta, Shana Hudmon scored 11 while Catrise Cannady brought down nine boards.
The Lady Blazers will look to parlay their success against West Alabama at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Complex.