CARROLLTON, Ga. – A dominant performance was just what Scott Groninger needed and his UWG women’s basketball team delivered on Saturday, defeating West Florida 73-53 in Gulf South Conference action at The Coliseum.
West Georgia had fewer rebounds than the Argos and committed more turnovers, but the Wolves’ hot shooting could not be stopped on the day, as UWG finished the game shooting 52.7 percent from the field on 29-of-55 shooting, and made five three-pointers.
The defensive effort from Coach Groninger’s 2-3 zone was solid all game long, as UWG held an Argo offense that averaged 68 points per game and shoots almost 40 percent from the field to just 29.9 percent from the field and their third lowest scoring total at 53.
Three Wolves scored in double-figures including a game-high 16 form junior Aysha Harris who also had three steals and five assists. Kayla Carter added 15 on the night, while A’Kia Harris had 11 in the win.
West Florida opened up an early 11-4 advantage over the Wolves, but over the final four minutes of the opening quarter, UWG went on a 9-2 run, tying things up at 13-13 at the end of the period.
The Wolves then began the first three minutes of the second quarter on another 11-2 run, highlighted by Jessica Brown’s four-point play. A’Kia Harris followed that up with a basket in the paint, stretching the second-quarter lead to 24-15 and forcing West Florida to take a timeout at seven minute mark.
By the end of the half, UWG had extended the lead to 16, finishing up shooting over 65 percent from the field, and outscoring the Argos 27-11 in the second quarter alone to lead 40-24.
The hot shooting poured over into the second half, as the Wolves finished the game over 50 percent from the field, outscoring the Argos by four points in the second half.
West Florida never got within 12 points of the red-hot Wolves in the second half, and an old-fashioned three-point play from Kayla Carter with 2:26 remaining in the game stretched the Wolves lead to their largest of the game at 26.
Along with the three in double-figures, the Wolves got eight from Jessica Brown and seven from D’Asia Cain who also led in rebounds with nine boards.
The win improves West Georgia to 14-10 on the season, and gives the Wolves their 10th Gulf South Conference win at 10-7. West Florida drops to 15-9 overall and also sit at 10-7 in league play.
West Georgia will stay home into next week, hosting Shorter for Senior Night on Wednesday night at 5:30 from The Coliseum.