Courtesy of VSU Athletics:
VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State started the second round of conference games with a 65-55 win over North Alabama Saturday night to move to 6-0 in the Gulf South Conference and 13-7 overall. North Alabama had no answer for the dominating post play of Tamika Booker, Brittany Daniels and Sierra Nixon.
The trio combined for 38 points and led VSU to 34 points in the paint. Booker made it a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Nixon scored eight points to go along with nine boards and five devastating blocks. But the high scorer on the night was Daniels with 17 points.
With 10 minutes left, ahead by two, Booker scored on consecutive layups. On the ensuing possession Daniels scored on a three-point play and followed it with another lay-up off a pass from Amanda Haven to complete a 9-0 run and earn an 11-point lead.
Valdosta State forced two turnovers in that run alone. That series served as a microcosm for the entire game: domination in the post and UNA turnovers. The Lady Blazer defense smothered North Alabama for 23 turnovers on eight steals.
In the battle of the point guards, Leschelle Matthews clearly won. She dropped 10 points on UNA to go with seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. North Alabama point guard Jameica York scored seven points with four rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.
Other VSU contributors include Michelle Thompson, who scored nine points to pull within five points of 1,000 for her career, and Haven with eight points.
Sanqueeta Meardith led UNA with 11 points while Sequoyah Cliff scored 10 to go with a team leading seven rebounds.
Valdosta State takes to the road for games against West Florida, Saint Leo, West Alabama and Alabama-Huntsville before returning to the Complex for a matchup against West Georgia February 27