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VU Women's Basketball Team falls to Malcolm X, 75-71, in Sodexo Classic
 December 1, 2012

Late comeback falls short for Trailblazers

Late 3-pointers by sophomore Zhanna Chukhrii and freshman Chelsea Jellison pulled the Vincennes University Women’s Basketball Team close to Malcolm X as the Trailblazers made a comeback bid Friday night in the second game of the VU Women’s Basketball Sodexo Classic at the VU P.E. Complex. In the end, Malcolm X pulled out a 75-71 win.

With 1:08 left in regulation, VU got within four points with the Chukhrii and Jellison bombs at 73-69. But the Lady Hawks managed to stave off the VU comeback bid when Jordan Whitiaker answered the pair of treys with a bucket that yanked some of the momentum back away from the Trailblazers.

Freshman Ashley Hawkins erupted for a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead VU (2-7). Jellison finished with 14 (including four 3-pointers) and Chukhrii had 12. Freshman Shelby Parmer had nine assists for the Trailblazers.

Malcolm X’s Jaleesa Armstrong had a game-high 29, while Ariana Novak scored 20 for the Lady Hawks.

Much of the game was a series of Malcolm X pulling away and VU battling back but never getting over the hump. Early on, the Lady Hawks opened a 17-10 lead, but the Trailblazers went on a 6-2 run over the next minute of play to pull within 19-16. VU actually pulled ahead later in the half, but the Lady Hawks didn’t fold and the Trailblazers clung to a 25-24 edge at the 7:00 mark in the first.

By the time the half had ended, Malcolm X had outscored VU 15-11 to go to the locker room leading 39-36.

Just after intermission, Jellison drained a trey to tie it up at 39, but the Lady Hawks’ Mariah Jordan scored inside and VU never led again.

On the second and final day of the VU Women's Basketball Team's Sodexo Classic Saturday, the VU women will take on Owens at 3 p.m. after Malcolm X and Mineral Area get the day started at 1 p.m. The VU game at 3 p.m. will be followed by the NJCAA No. 4 VU Men’s Basketball Team hosting Kaskaskia at 5 p.m.

Both the VU women’s and men’s games are part of a pink-out to support research and finding a cure for breast cancer.

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