VALDOSTA -- Kiley Hill says his Valdosta State women's basketball team is close to changing its recent fortunes.

"It's not a physical thing. It's a mental thing right now," said Hill, whose team has lost four-straight games since the Christmas break. "We need to continue to work hard on defense. That window will eventually open."

Maybe today. The Lady Blazers host Mississippi University for Women in a Gulf South Conference East Division game at The Complex. Tipoff is at 2 p.m., with the game broadcast on WVLD-AM 1450 in Valdosta.

VSU has fallen to 7-7 overall, 1-3 in the Gulf South East, after losing four games to teams ranked in the most recent South Region poll.

Even with the recent troubles, VSU is just one game behind the fourth-place teams in the division -- the last spots which qualify for the post-season conference tournament.

"We've still got a long time to play. We can put a run together," said Hill. "The players still believe in themselves, and I believe in them."

MUW (6-7, 0-3) won its first game in a post-Christmas tournament, but has lost three straight games since. The Blues are on a two-game road trip, and will play at West Florida Monday.

MUW has six seniors on the roster, and is led by two of them -- 5-foot-11 post player Ashley Taylor (11.8 points, 6.0 rebounds) and 5-foot-8 Portia Jones (10.1 points, 4.7 rebounds).

VSU has but one senior, guard Monique Kyles (6.9 points). Freshman Amber Daniels has emerged to lead VSU in scoring (10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds), as has freshman Courtney Parker (8.5 points, 9.2 rebounds). Sophomore guard Danielle Hernandez adds 9.8 points, and has half of VSU's 51 made 3-pointers.

VSU defeated MUW, 60-55, prior to the Christmas break. Kyles had 11 points, while Parker and Heather Wilson each added 10 points. Jones had 13 points, Taylor 11 for MUW.

After today's game, both VSU basketball teams will continue Gulf South East play Monday at Lincoln Memorial. VSU's next home games are Jan. 21 vs. Montevallo.

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