CARROLLTON, Ga. – For the third time in four seasons, the UWG women's basketball team is gearing up for a trip to the Gulf South Conference Tournament Semifinals as they take on top-seed West Florida on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Pete Hanna Center on the campus of Samford University in Homewood, Ala.
West Georgia is coming off a 60-57 home win over North Alabama on Super Tuesday while the Argos used a 65-52 victory over eighth-seeded Christian Brothers in the quarterfinals.
The two squads split their season series with each team winning their respective home game. UWF beat the Wolves 63-57 in Pensacola, Fla. on January 14 and then turned around and came to Carrollton two weeks later and the Wolves got a 54-53 win at The Coliseum.
Saturday will be the Wolves first neutral site game of the season, and haven't played a neutral site game since the 2015 GSC Tournament.
UWG will be looking to force another low-scoring game with their stingy defense. Both the Wolves and Argos rank in the top-three in scoring defense with West Florida being number two in the league allowing an average of 60.3 points per game while the Wolves allow a third best 61.8 per contest.
When UWG's defense allows less than 60 points, the Wolves are 11-1, and UWG has thrived in close games as head coach Scott Groninger's squad is 8-2 in games decided by less than five points.
It is sure to be a battle in the paint as two of the league's best post players match up for the third time this season. West Georgia's All-GSC Performer De'Ashia Jones averages 15.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while the Argos feature Toni Brewer who averages 14.1 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. In the last meeting in Carrollton, the Wolves and Argos combined for 46 points in the paint with UWG scoring 28 down low.
UWF also has the GSC Player of the Year, Alex Coyne, who averages 10.2 points and 6.8 assists per game.
The winner of Saturday's semifinal will get the winner of second-seed Valdosta and third-seed Lee on Championship Sunday at 1:30 p.m. With a win, West Georgia will advance to the first GSC Tournament Championship game since 1994.
Tip-time for Saturday is set for 1:00 p.m. EST at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham.