Great start to NCAA South Regional for Valdosta State

Mar. 16—VALDOSTA — Valdosta State's Women's Basketball Triumphs in opening round of NCAA South Regional.

In a thrilling matchup witnessed by over 1,200 enthusiastic fans at The Complex on Friday evening, the No. 2 ranked and top-seeded Valdosta State women's basketball team secured a decisive 66-55 victory over No. 8-seed Miles College in the opening round of the NCAA South Regional.

The Lady Blazers (30-2) not only equaled the school's record for most victories in a season, a feat achieved previously by the 1984 team but also extended their remarkable winning streak to 27 consecutive games. This tournament also marks a historic moment for the program, hosting the South Regional for the first time in its history.

The two teams started the game close in score; however, Valdosta State pulled ahead in the second half of the first quarter, and the Lady Blazers kept this lead throughout the game. The lead stemmed from three-pointers from Kalifa Ford and Taylor Searcey. Miles College once again brought the game close in the first half of the second quarter, but again, the lead slipped through their fingers.

Junior Ford, named the D2CCA South Region Player of the Year, led Valdosta State with a stellar performance, scoring an outstanding 20 points. Ford's exceptional play, complemented by the contributions of senior Searcey, junior Victoria Ikenasio, and senior Aleisha Curry, propelled the Lady Blazers to victory, with each player putting up double-digit points.

Valdosta State's solid defense held Miles College at bay, particularly in the second half, limiting their scoring opportunities and securing a commanding lead. The Lady Blazers secured a double-digit lead early in the second half.

Despite Miles College's efforts to narrow the gap, Valdosta State maintained their composure, ultimately clinching the win.