VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State's women's basketball team has drawn the Gulf South Conference's hottest two teams in its side of the GSC tournament bracket.
Valdosta State (17-9) will play Henderson State (15-12) in a first-round game at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Wednesday in Tupelo, Miss. (radio: 105.9 FM)
Henderson State, which has seven newcomers on its 10-woman roster, has won eight-straight games since a home loss to Delta State a month ago. HSU is 11-1 since Jan. 26.
In its pre-New Year's schedule, the Lady Reddies lost twice to West Florida and once to West Alabama and North Alabama. UNA also beat Henderson State in the first round of last year's Gulf South tournament.
Guard Saprina Reed leads HSU, averaging 17.1 points and 4.6 rebounds. Center Aesha Carter adds 13.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. Point guard Julie Anderson, one of three returnees off last year's NCAA regional participant, has played in all but 29 minutes this season, leading the team with 90 assists. She's second in the GSC in assist/turnover ratio.
The Valdosta State-Henderson State winner plays East champion West Alabama (21-6) at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Friday in a quarterfinal game. West Alabama has won six-straight games.
The teams are on the same side of the bracket with Lincoln Memorial (20-7) and Central Arkansas (21-9), who play at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday.
On the other side of the bracket, West Georgia (8-17) meets Southern Arkansas (16-10) in a play-in game (5:30 p.m. Wednesday). The winner plays West champion Christian Brothers (22-5) at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Also on that side of the bracket is West Florida (20-6) and Delta State (21-6), who play at 2:45 p.m. Friday.
The semfinals are Saturday night, with the championship game at 2:45 p.m. Sunday.
In last week's South Region poll, seven Gulf South teams were in the top 10 -- Delta State (2), West Alabama (3), Christian Brothers (5), Central Arkansas (6), West Florida (7), Lincoln Memorial (9) and Valdosta State (10).
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