Courtesy: VSU Athletics
Huntsville, Ala. - In Valdosta State's first conference game of the season, the Chargers of Alabama-Huntsville proved to be no match. The Lady Blazers stayed in control all night behind Michelle Thompson and Leschelle Matthews. The pair scored 28 points as the Lady Blazers won, 59-48, to move to 11-4 on the season and 1-0 in conference action.
Brittany Hudson and Tamika Booker each brought down five boards to lead the Lady Blazers on the glass. Thompson shot 50 percent from three-point range while the Lady Blazers held UAH to just 27.3 percent from deep. The defense forced 30 turnovers and scored 31 points off the Alabama-Huntsville miscues. Strong team defense held UAH's high scorer, Ashley Boykin without a field goal until just over five minutes into the second half.
The Lady Chargers jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the game, but the Lady Blazers roared back with nine unanswered points to force a timeout from Alabama-Huntsville. Thompson started things off for VSU with a three-point play the hard way. Off the UAH timeout, Sczeny Hartry scored another two points to stretch the Valdosta state lead to 11-5 with 12:22 left in the first frame. From there, the Lady Blazers maintained a 10-point lead throughout the half and finished the first half ahead, 28-18.
Valdosta State's defense held UAH's high scorer Ashley Boykin without a field goal for the first half. She went five for five at the free throw line for her only points of the half. The Lady Blazers played strong defense throughout the first half, forcing 17 UAH turnovers and stealing the ball 11 times. VSU held the Chargers to just 25 percent from the field while VSU shot 38.7 in the first half.
For much of the early second half, VSU continued to maintain the team's 10-point lead. But after UAH reached 26, Valdosta state went on a 9-0 run to push the lead to 45-26 until UAH's Brittany Lovett scored to stop the VSU onslaught.
Alabama-Huntsville caught fire behind two baskets from Boykin and a free throw, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Blazers stayed in control to win, 59-48.
Valdosta State will host West Georgia at 6 p.m. Thursday for the team's second conference game.