CARROLLTON, Ga. – It was a defensive battle on Monday evening at The Coliseum, but the UWG women’s basketball team ground out a big 55-54 win over Delta State to win their sixth consecutive game.
It’s the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Wolves have had a six game win streak, and the win snaps a five game winless streak against perennial Gulf South Conference power and long-time rival Delta State.
Both teams struggled from the field and kept up the defensive intensity all night. Neither team shot over 40 percent from the field, and the two teams committed a combined 33 turnovers on the night.
The lead never went to double digits for either team in one of the closest contested games in recent memory, as there were a total of nine lead changes and six ties in the contest. West Georgia and Delta State matched each other shot for shot in the opening half as neither team led by more than four points, and the first half ended with the teams dead locked, 27-27.
Coming into the second half, the Wolves went to the post to stretch the lead to five right out of the gate. The Lady Statesmen, however, went on a 5-0 run to tie things right back up at the 6:20 mark of the third quarter.
Late in the third, the Wolves stretched their lead to the largest of the night leading 48-40.
West Georgia went the last 3:48 of the game without a field goal, but hit enough free throws to hold on to a one point lead with 24 seconds left. In the last seconds, DSU had two possessions, but West Georgia had fouls to give and would smartly foul on the floor, and force the Lady Statesmen to heave a last second shot which would be no good.
Only two Wolves scored in double-figures in the low scoring affair, as Aysha Harris led the offense with 12 points. Junior Jessica Brown added 10 points in the win. D’Asia Cain led the Wolves on the glass with seven rebounds.
The win improves the Wolves to 8-2 overall as they enter the Holiday break with a perfect 4-0 record in Gulf South Conference play. Delta State falls to 4-6 overall and 2-2 in league play.
West Georgia is now idle until December 30 when they welcome Point to The Coliseum for the final non-conference game of the season and the final game of the 2017 calendar year. Tip-time for that game is set for 2 p.m. from The Coliseum.