TAMPA, Fla. – Three Wolves scored in double-figures and senior De’Ashia Jones recorded a double-double as the West Georgia women’s basketball team opened the season with a 74-60 victory over the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish at the Bob Martinez Center in Tampa, Fla. on Friday afternoon.
The guard duo of Kayla Carter and Kilah Nixon each scored 14 points on Friday in their UWG debuts as they paced an offense that was 42-of-62 from the field and dominated in the paint on the night.
Jones was a big part of the post dominance for the Wolves as she recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. It marked the 12th double-double of her career for the Newark, N.J. native.
For the game, West Georgia had 38 points in the paint, to just 12 from Palm Beach Atlantic, as the Wolves’ zone defense made it tough for the Sailfish all game long.
The Wolves opened the season on a 13-0 run, to build an early lead over the Sailfish, but PBA came clawing back, taking their first lead of the game with 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Sailfish led for the last time at 26-24 with 8:16 left in the opening half, as UWG tied it up on their next possession and never looked back in the contest.
With an 11-point halftime lead, the Wolves came out and extended that to 15 right out of the second half gates, but then went scoreless for four minutes, allowing PBA to cut the deficit to eight.
The lead never dipped below eight points in the final quarter, and the Wolves led by as much as 16 late in the contest, their largest of the game.
Eleven different players scored for the Wolves on Friday, led by the aforementioned Carter and Nixon. Along with the 10 from Jones, the Wolves got seven from Daisha Terry, who also had seven rebounds in her UWG debut.
Aside from her scoring output, Kayla Carter was outstanding on the glass, pulling down nine rebounds and also dished out five assists to lead the team.
Junior A’Kia Harris was third on the team in rebounds in the game, grabbing eight boards.
The win gets the Wolves off and running with a 1-0 start to the 2017-18 campaign, while the hand Palm Bach Atlantic their first loss of the young season.
West Georgia is back in action at the Bob Martinez Center tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. taking on host Tampa in the final day of the season-opening tournament.