VALDOSTA, Ga. - Coming off one of their best wins of the season, The Lady Blazers can't wait to get back on the court. Valdosta state battles Mississippi College on Thursday. The Lady Blazers picked up a huge win over the Lee Flames on Saturday afternoon to cap off a long road trip.
Mississippi College (8-11, 4-11 GSC) posted one of the biggest Gulf South Conference upsets of the 2015 women's basketball season with a win over West Florida back on December 18, 2014 in Clinton, Miss.. Since then, the Lady Choctaws have gone 2-8, with the first of those losses coming against the Lady Blazers (10-11, 6-9 GSC) just two days later.
In that contest, the last one prior to the holiday break, Valdosta State put together one of their best offensive performances of the year. A 51.1 percent shooting effort from the field along with a 71.4 percent 25-of-35 shooting display from the free throw line led Head Coach Kiley Hill's squad to the 76-69 win. In the game, April Thomas and Maggie Davis teamed up for 19 and 17 points, respectively, and escaped Clinton, Miss. with the victory despite falling short of the Lady Choctaws 25 to 32 in the rebounding column.
Thursday night game is very important as the Lady Blazers aim to secure a position in the 2015 GSC Championship. Their path was made a little easier on Saturday after a thrilling win over the Lee Lady Flames in Cleveland, Tenn.. Valdosta State went to battle against a Lady Flames team that had lost just once all season on their home floor, and the Lady Blazers were up to the task, as they used 21 points from Thomas and a career high 23 points from Davis to claim the 64-63 triumph.
Mississippi College has seen tremendous woes this season while on the road. The Lady Choctaws have racked up eight wins overall and four wins in GSC play, but only one of those victories has occurred outside of Clinton, Miss.. Their lone road win was a league victory on December 13, 2014 against the Lady Bucs of Christian Brothers, which ended 56-45 in favor of the Lady Choctaws.
Head Coach Paul ALlen Duke began coaching at Mississippi College in 1995-96 and has been with the program ever since. He has accumulated 339 wins with the program and coached his 500th career game on January 24th against West Alabama. Valdosta State holds a 14-8 overall record against MC.
***Valdosta State Athletics