FORT VALLEY, Ga. – Trailing by four after the three quarters, the West Georgia Wolves women’s basketball team exploded in the final quarter to defeat the Fort Valley State Wildcats by a 65-55 final on Tuesday night at the HPE Basketball Arena in Fort Valley, Georgia.
How It Happened
- West Georgia and Fort Valley State played an extremely tight opening half. In the first quarter, the Wolves built a slim advantage, leading 18-15 after one period of play.
- It was a shot-for-shot affair in the second quarter as each team scored 17 points in the period, giving UWG a 35-32 lead at halftime.
- Both teams struggled in the third quarter with UWG scoring eight points, and shooting 4-of-13 from the field.
- Fort Valley managed 15 points in the third quarter, turning their three-point halftime deficit into a four-point lead with one quarter to play.
- The Wolves opened up the final quarter with a 10-0 run, but it was Kilah Nixon’s layup with 8:25 remaining that provided the final lead change of the game, making it 48-47.
- UWG went on to score 22 fourth quarter points, while the Wildcats managed just eight, dropping their sixth consecutive match to open the 2018-19 season.
- The duo of Aysha and A’Kia Harris each led the UWG offense with 10 points on the night, while Jessica Brown finished with eight points.
- Both Kilah Nixon and Edley Drawhorn chipped in with seven points,
- On the glass, A’Kia Harris pulled down a team-high eight rebounds with Drawhorn just behind her with seven rebounds of her own.
- Nixon stood out defensively, leading the team with a game-high five steals.
Inside the Numbers
- West Georgia’s defense forced the Wildcats into 23 turnovers, leading to 31 points on the offensive side of the court. The Wildcats on the other hand, forced 20 UWG turnovers, but could only convert nine points on offense.
- The Wolves shot 40 percent from the field, but had their coldest night of shooting from the three-point line, going 1-for-9 from behind the arc.
- Twelve of UWG’s 22 fourth-quarter points came from the charity stripe.
- West Georgia improves to 3-1 on the season, and remains a perfect 2-0 on the road with both wins coming against SIAC opposition.
- The Wildcats drop to 0-6 to start their season.
- The Wolves will now get 10 days to enjoy Thanksgiving and prepare for the Gulf South Conference opener. West Georgia opens GSC play next Thursday, November 29 at Alabama Huntsville in a 6:30 p.m. contest.