FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12-30-02

Women's College Basketball: AASU 69, Valdosta State 45

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Armstrong Atlantic State women's basketball team shot 54 percent in the first half to build a 15-point halftime lead, then cruised to a 69-45 non-conference victory over in-state rival Valdosta State on Monday evening at Alumni Arena.

The Lady Pirates (7-1) - off to their second-best start in school history - got 11 first-half points from junior Tasha Washington to open up a 42-27 halftime lead, then held on for their third straight win and second straight over the Lady Blazers (6-5). Washington led all scorers with 16 points, while senior Zandrique Cason added 12 points and junior Emily Perpich chipped in 11 points off of the bench. Valdosta State was led by Courtney Parker's 12 points.

The game featured intense defensive pressure by both teams, resulting in a combined 68 turnovers and 34 steals. The Lady Pirates did not score a basket in the last seven minutes of the basketball game and still won by 25 points. AASU's win puts the Pirates at 7-1, bested only by the 1984-85 season in which the Lady Pirates began the year 8-0 en route to a school-record 21 wins.

The Lady Pirates will be next in action on Thursday, January 2 as they host Francis Marion in Peach Belt Conference action at 5:30 p.m. Valdosta State returns to action on Saturday, January 4 as they host Brewton-Parker in a non-conference game at 7:00 p.m.

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