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Valdosta State ready for conference foe West Alabama

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January 25, 2008

Valdosta -- The Valdosta State women's basketball team suffered its worst weekend in a long time last week, losing back-to-back games for the first time in two years.

Despite the set-back, VSU is still ranked 13th in the nation, and just one game out of second place in the Gulf South Conference.

The Lady Blazers host conference foe West Alabama Saturday night, and head coach Kiley Hill says it's still "full steam ahead" for VSU.

"The ship has not sunk," says Hill. "We're still in the same boat. We're still the same team we were two weeks ago. We just had a bad, bad weekend. We're only one game out of second place. All is not lost."

The Valdosta State men's basketball team will also be looking to end a two-game losing streak Saturday night, as the Blazers host West Alabama in a conference match-up.

VSU dropped its last two Gulf South games on the road, at West Georgia and at Alabama-Huntsville.

The Blazers are back in The Complex Saturday night, and head coach Mike Helfer says his team will come out strong in the conference match-up.

"I think conference play is what kids thrive for," says Helfer. "It's what we thrive for. It's where the battles occur. Everybody knows everybody so well, that's why the games are tight, the games are close, they're physical, they're aggressive, because you're playing for a championship."

The Valdosta State and West Alabama women tip-off Saturday at six, with the men's game at eight o'clock.

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