Ina, IL – The #24 Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers will now have to wait for “Selection Monday” to see whether they will be making the trip to Lubbock, TX or not after losing in the District P Championship 98 – 75.
Wabash Valley’s defense seemed to take the Lady Trailblazers out of their game plan, forcing the offense to speed up to almost a frantic pace. Sophomore Ladellia Maggett had two fouls called on her early in the first period which left head coach Harry Meeks with no choice but to pull her out of the game. Maggett along with fellow sophomores Claudia Stan and Mykel Roth spent a large amount of time on the bench during the first quarter and the Lady Warriors capitalized. Wabash Valley closed out the first quarter on a 17 – 4 run, leading VU by the score of 35 – 11. Freshman Marquitta Easley became a scoring option in the second quarter, attacking the basket and drawing fouls. Easley ended up with 7 points at halftime. Wabash Valley’s defense forced Vincennes to commit 12 turnovers in the first half of play, which is uncharacteristically high for this Lady Trailblazers team who only turned the ball over 12 times in yesterday’s Semi-final matchup against John A. Logan.
In the second-half Ladellia Maggett took over, scoring 29 points in the final 2 periods of play. But of course, Maggett didn’t do it on her own, getting help from Mykel Roth who added 11 points to her total. The Lady Trailblazers wanted to get out in transition, not allowing the Wabash Valley defense to get set, this was possible due to the 20 defensive rebounds Vincennes grabbed in the second-half. Maggett and Claudia Stan each ended up with 8 rebounds, while Roth grabbed 6, and Marquitta Easley and fellow freshman Oksana Fastova each got 4 rebounds. Claudia Stan also became a presence in the paint, not allowing the Lady Warriors to extend their lead with easy layups by swatting away 6 blocks.
Ladellia Maggett ended up with a game-high 38 points, 1-point shy of tying her career-high. Maggett was the only Vincennes player to connect on a shot from 3-point range, being responsible for all 5 VU makes. Maggett also added 8 rebounds and 3 steals to her total. Mykel Roth ended her night with 13 points and 6 rebounds, including 5 defensive boards. Marquitta Easley came off the bench to deliver 11 points and 4 rebounds.
The Lady Trailblazers will now wait to see their fate with the rest of the country on “Selection Monday”, March 12th. If Vincennes secures one of the at-large bids to the National Championship Tournament they will be headed to Lubbock, Texas where tournament play will begin on Monday, March 19th. The NJCAA Division I Women’s National Tournament selection show will be livestreamed on njcaatv.org at 11 a.m. eastern.