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March 1, 2013

Valdosta State falls 93-79 to Christian Brothers

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Lady Blazers 68, Christian Brothers 60

Valdosta State’s women’s basketball team defeated Christian Brothers 68-60 on Thursday evening at Canale Arena.

The Lady Blazers built a double digit first half lead, and never looked back.

With the win, VSU improved to 16-9 overall and 9-8 in GSC play. Christian Brothers fell to 6-19 overall and 3-14 in conference play.

Christian Brothers kept the game close for the first seven minutes, building an 8-7 lead, before Valdosta State used a 9-0 run to take the lead for good. Kamyia Smith opened the run with a free throw and added a lay-up off a steal, then Kourtnee Williams scored on a pair of baskets. Smith closed out the spurt with a pair of free throws at the 9:22 mark of the first half to put VSU in front by eight.

The Lady Bucs ended the VSU run with a three-pointer, only to have Valdosta State score the game’s next eight points, including seven from Courtney Sprague. CBU was unable to get closer than 11 points the remainder of the half, while the Lady Blazers’ lead grew to as many as 15 points, 30-15, on an Ivana Domljanovic basket.

Christian Brothers scored the final four points of the first half, but VSU held a 30-19 halftime lead.

CBU scored 12 of the first 13 points of the second half to tie the game at 31-31, but Sprague put the Lady Blazers back in front with a three-pointer at the 15:32 mark. That shot put VSU back in front for good. Valdosta State followed the Sprague three with an 18-7 run to build a 52-38 advantage with 6:54 remaining.

The Valdosta State lead grew to as many as 17 points three minutes later, before Christian Brothers began one last comeback bid. The Lady Bucs used a 15-3 run, spurred by a defense that forced four VSU turnovers during the run, to close to within 63-58 with just over a minute to play. However, the Lady Blazers made five of their six free throw attempts the rest of the way to seal the victory.

Williams led Valdosta State with 17 points, while Sprague added 14. The Lady Blazers shot 48.9 percent from the floor in the game, making 23 of 47 field goal attempts, and owned a commanding 37-24 advantage in rebounding.

Breanna Ridgell scored 24 points for Christian Brothers, while Candis Clear poured in 15. The Lady Bucs were limited to just 18 of 57 shooting in the game (31.8 percent).

Valdosta State will conclude its 2012-13 regular season on Saturday, when it travels to Delta State for a 3 p.m. game.

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