CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Lady Trailblazers took to the road on Friday morning set to face two RSC opponents in what could be huge for OCU's postseason hopes. After breaking into the NAIA polls for the first time in school history last week, the Lady Trailblazers found themselves poised to make a run into the RSC tournament, but only if their strong willed approach could continue. The weekend would start off with a matchup against Carlow, in which OCU struggled to gain momentum The Celtics would take a ten point lead into the break and would manage to hold off a comeback by the Lady Trailblazers to get the victory 64-61. Three Lady Trailblazers managed to finish in double digits, led by Paige Lewis (SR/Mechanicsburg, OH) who scored 19.
Saturday would prove to be a much different story for the Lady Trailblazers. Fueled by another strong performance from Paige Lewis, OCU managed to hold a slim lead through all four quarters, leading to the 58-53 victory. Lewis would once again lead the team in scoring with 20, while Erinn Bailey (SR/Dayton, OH) managed a double double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. With three home games remaining on the slate, OCU finds themselves in second place in the East division with games against West Virginia Tech, Rio Grande, and IU East left on the schedule. If the Lady Trailblazers want to prove themselves worthy of postseason play, they must show up strong the rest of the way against quality competition.
"It was an up and down weekend for us, but I am proud of the way that we bounced back and showed tthat we can take one to the chin and rise to our feet again," said Head Coach Jamey Batten. "On Friday we dug ourselves into a 16 point deficit and rallied back to within one, but ran out of time. On Saturday, we were refocused and played a full 40 minutes to pick up a pivotal win against Point Park. Given the current standings, it was a really big win for us."
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