VSN (admin) Published Sunday December 19th, 2021 – 5:30 PM
CLEVELAND, OH – The Lady Trailblazers of Ohio Christian University lost in an exhibition contest at Cleveland State University this afternoon, 51-104. The NCAA Division I Vikings game gave Cleveland State its first game in just over two full weeks due to opponents’ COVID protocol and it gave the Trailblazers their first glimpse of the Division I competition. for the season.
Cleveland State, who entered today’s game undefeated 8-0, shot 50 percent from the field hitting four of ten 3-pointers in the first quarter while the Trailblazers shot just 39 percent of the field. land with only one of the seven beyond the arch. Rachel Gillum led the field with six of her team’s 15 points in the first period, after just six points heading into the second period.
The Lady Blazers remained consistent with their first-quarter scoring 38.5 percent while making four of their nine 3-pointers. However, the Vikings took it up a notch and managed 13 of 19 on the field at 68.4 FG%. Cleveland State also got 3 of 7 from distance, which helped them beat the Trailblazers 16-30. Taylor Norris and Rachel Bolyard both led their team in scoring this period as the two scored six points with two shots at 3 points apiece. Norris found the rim with a 38-foot shot at the end of the shot clock with 4 minutes remaining and Bolyard gave the crowd to cheer with a lift of around 50 feet from the back panel to finish the mid- time. At halftime the Trailblazers were just 20 points behind, which might have been considered a bad game in a River States Conference game, but it gave Ohio Christian some hope. enter the half-time locker room. .
Coming out of half time, the Blazers seemed to be losing the pace they had found in the second half as they had shot just 27 percent from the field without finding the back edge on five occasions. They did, however, go 2-2 from the charity strip as they did in the previous quarter. On the flip side, the Vikings caught their stride shooting 57% from court and 43% from distance. Emma Koons led her team with four points in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Trailblazers continued to be consistent with the previous period as they shot 23 percent from the field, scoring one of five 3-pointers from beyond the arc. The Cleveland State Vikings shot a 34.6% clip, finding the rim in range twice of their 11 shot attempts. At the end of the game, Rachel Gillum led her team scoring 13 points while collecting eight rebounds, ending her eight-game streak with a double-double. Rachel Bolyard scored 11 points and 6 rebounds and Taylor Norris finished with 10 points and three assists.
The Lady Trailblazers are back in action on Monday, December 20 as they resume RSC competition and face the Pioneers of Point Park University at 5:30 p.m. EST.
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