CARROLLTON, Ga. – It’s been a seven day hiatus from game action for the UWG women’s basketball team, but now the Wolves are poised for another road trip, beginning on Thursday as UWG takes on rival Valdosta State on January 17 at 6 p.m.
UWG’s last outing saw Lee snap West Georgia’s five game win streak by knocking off the Wolves 66-49 in Cleveland, Tennessee. Thursday West Georgia will try to get back in the win column against an 11-5 Valdosta State team.
Thursday’s game opens a five-game span in which UWG takes on four teams currently sitting in front of them in the GSC standings, including a pair of games against the league’s top team, Union. But it all begins on Thursday as West Georgia tries to end a three-game skid against the Blazers.
The Wolves will look to get Aysha Harris back after the senior guard and team’s leading scorer missed the Lee game with an illness. Harris averages 11.3 points per game and has scored 937 career points. In her absence last week, senior forward Jessica Brown led the Wolves offensively with 14 points to go with 11 rebounds, good for Brown’s second career double-double.
On paper, Thursday’s game should be a tough, hard-fought defensive battle. The Wolves rank third in the GSC and 26th nationally in scoring defense, allowing 56.5 points per game while VSU is fourth in the league and 32nd nationally at 57.6 per game. There’s not much separation on offense for the two rivals as West Georgia’s 62.1 points per game is just under VSU who scores 63.9 per game. Valdosta State’s average margin of victory is just 0.8 points per game higher than that of West Georgia’s.
Two Blazers average double figures, led by Kayla Bonilla with 11.1 points per game while Crystal Townsend scores 10.8 per game and also leads VSU on the glass, pulling down 7.3 rebounds per game.
Tip-time for Thursday’s rivalry game against Valdosta State is set for 6 p.m. from The Complex in Valdosta, Georgia on Thursday, January 17.