NICEVILLE, Fla. -- A sluggish second quarter sent the Vincennes
University Women’s basketball team to its first loss of the season,
Preseason No. 3 Gulf Coast State outscored the Trailblazers 34-13 in
the second en route to an 85-64 victory in the opening day of the Gulf
“They are a really, really good team,” VU coach Harry Meeks said of
his opponent. “They were about 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-5 in the middle and
they had one girl No. 32 (Brittany Davis) who just shot lights out
tonight. She was hitting shots 5-10 feet behind the arc.”
Davis hit four three-pointers and scored 20 points for the game.
Gulf Coast held a 19-11 advantage after the first 10 minutes of play
before stretching its lead to 53-24 at intermission.
“They just got us out of our offense there in the second quarter,”
Meeks said. “They got us to the point where we just could not run any
of our offense no matter what we tried.”
The Trailblazers made the final score more respectable by making good
on 31 of 40 free throw attempts, including 18-for-24 in the second half.
“I was proud of the way the team played extremely hard all game,”
Meeks stated. “Not once did we back down from them. We just have to
learn to play a little more physical and be more assured of what we
want to do.”
Jaynice Stovall made 12 of 13 from the charity stripe as she led VU
in scoring with 20 points. It was her second straight 20-point game.
Jhala Henry (11) and Reeva Hammelman (10) combined for 21 points in
Cristina De La Cruz-Fuente and Nickelle O’Neil both added six points.
The Trailblazers entered the game shooting over 50 percent from the
field on the season but could only connect on 15 of 47 field goals
Friday -- for 32 percent.
Gulf Coast shot 36-of-69 from the floor in the game.
The Trailblazers wrap up tournament action Saturday against No. 2
Northwest Florida State.
“Things are going to be even tougher tomorrow,” Meeks said. “But this
is a good experience for out team. I hate to lose, but the tougher the
teams you play the more ready you get by the end of the season.”
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