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January 18, 2014

Blazers close out road trip at Shorter

Atlanta — Lady Blazers seek to end losing streak

The Lady Blazers have an opportunity on Saturday to finish what has been an agonizing stretch of road games off on a positive note. To accomplish the task, the team will have to take down the Shorter Lady Hawks in the Winthrop-King Centre in Rome, Ga.

Shorter is coming off of a big win over West Florida after defeating the Argonauts 66-56 in Rome, Ga. on Thursday.

Shorter pulled off the impressive win after taking an early lead over UWF and staying in front for the length of the contest.

The Lady Hawks feature a balanced roster that can attack using a variety of offensive weapons. Karisma Boykin, Ieshia Alexander, and Lynette Harris are each averaging double digit figures in Shorter's scoring column this season.

In addition, Kristin Nash, who scored a team high 14 points against the Argonauts on Tuesday, is just under the mark with a 9.7 average on the year.

According to the numbers heading into the afternoon contest, Valdosta State edges out the Lady Hawks in a majority of the major statistical categories including scoring, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, three point field goal percentage, and total rebounds. Yet, Shorter leads in offensive rebounds and total three pointers made on the year.

Valdosta State enters the game in the midst of a slide after losing their last three contests, all of which were against conference foes on their home turf. In their latest showdown, the Lady Blazers fell 51-55 in a tight matchup against the West Georgia Wolves in Carrollton.

Valdosta State established as high as an eight point lead in the second half against the Wolves, but the Lady Blazers were unable to hold off a late surge by UWG and were forced to watch their lead slip away in the final minutes.

On average this season, VSU is second in the conference in points allowed per contest, giving up 56.1 points per game. The team's offensive production hasn't complemented their defensive efforts, however, resulting in several narrow losses in low scoring affairs.

In games this year when the Lady Blazers have scored 65 points or more, they have yet to be beaten and hold a 6-0 record. In contrast, the squad's record when scoring less than 65 points is 2-5.

That being said, expect the red and black to adjust their attack accordingly in an effort to outscore their opponents in the contests that lie ahead.

The matchup today between these two teams is the first this season, and only the third in the history of the two programs. Valdosta State defeated the Lady Hawks both times they squared off last year.

Most recently, the Lady Blazers knocked off Shorter 70-65 on Feb. 9, 2013 in Rome.

Blazer fans can follow the game live with live stats and audio, both of which will be available at www.vstateblazers.com.

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