ROME, Ga. – The UWG women’s basketball team ended November with a 61-47 road victory over the in-state rival Shorter Hawks to open Gulf South Conference play on Thursday night in Rome.
West Georgia had a huge defensive effort on the night, but especially in the fourth quarter as the Wolves held the Shorter defense to just five fourth quarter points, helping the Wolves end the opening month of the season with a 4-2 record and start their GSC slate 1-0.
As a whole, the UWG defense rattled off 12 steals on the night and bottled up the Hawks’ shooters, holding Shorter to a 32.1 percent clip from the field. The 47 points from Shorter was the lowest total thus far on their season.
Three Wolves finished in double-figures on the night, led by junior Jessica Brown who came off the bench with 15 to lead all scorers. Aysha Harris finished with 11 while D’Asia Cain chipped in with 10.
Shorter led for the majority of the opening quarter, but a 5-0 UWG run to close the first, gave West Georgia a slight, 14-13, advantage after one period of play.
In the second quarter, Shorter built as much as a six point lead, but again late in the period the Wolves were able to come back, as an Aysha Harris layup with just nine seconds remaining in the half tied things up at 30-30.
The third quarter was more of the same as the Wolves and Hawks traded basket for basket, ending the period all tied at 42-42.
West Georgia scored more points in the final quarter than the Hawks did in the entire second half, scoring 19 over the final 10 minutes. The Wolves opened the fourth on a 12-0 run, and never looked back, stretching their lead to the largest at 14 on the final pair of free throws.
De’Ashia Jones finished the game with eight points and led the Wolves on the glass with seven rebounds. Daisha Terry scored seven in the win while Kilah Nixon had six points.
Aysha Harris had three steals and a pair of assists, which led in both categories. Jones tied for the lead in assists with two as well.
West Georgia remains on the road this Saturday, December 2, traveling to Cleveland, Tenn. to take on the Lee Flames in GSC action. Tip-off for that game is set for 2 p.m. at Pauld Dana Walker Arena on Lee’s campus.