VALDOSTA, Ga. – The latest chapter in the West Georgia and Valdosta State rivalry was written on Thursday night and it was the Wolves who used eight three-pointers to come away with a crucial, 70-65 road win over the Blazers.
How It Happened
- West Georgia shot 57.1 percent from the field in the first quarter, opening up an 18-11 lead on the rival Blazers. Aysha Harris, who finished with 26, scored seven in the first while fellow senior Terrianna Cave added five.
- In the second quarter, UWG led by as much as nine, but the Blazers caught fire late in the quarter, turning the deficit into a two-point, 31-29 halftime lead.
- The Blazers opened the second half with four straight points, but the Wolves weren’t phased as they came out and matched the Blazers shot-for-shot in the period, and trailed by just one point at the end of the third quarter.
- It was the fourth quarter that turned the game in favor of the Wolves, as UWG outscored VSU 23-17 in the final 10 minutes.
- It looked as if the Wolves might run away with it midway through the final quarter as an Aysha Harris three-pointer stretched the lead to double digits at 61-51, but the Blazers then cut their deficit to just six with two minutes remaining in the game.
- The Blazers hit a couple of big three-pointers in the final two-minutes, but the Wolves, who shot 71 percent from the charity stripe on the night, capitalized at the line to preserve the win over the longtime rival Blazers.
- It was a career-type night for senior guard Aysha Harris who led all scorers with 26 points, finishing one point shy of tying a career-high. Harris also had four rebounds, three assists, and a steal on the night.
- Freshman Taylor Brown also scored in double-figures on the night, putting up 13 points.
- A’Kia Harris led the Wolves on the glass, pulling down seven rebounds.
- For VSU, Maddy Corazza led with 18 points.
Inside the Box Score
- The Wolves hit eight three-pointers on the night, the most this season in a road game for West Georgia. Aysha Harris, Edley Drawhorn, and Taylor Brown each hit two three-pointers in the contest.
- The win snaps a three-game skid for UWG against Valdosta State.
- West Georgia gets back in the win column and win their 10th game of the season, improving to 10-4 on the season and now sit at 5-3 in the Gulf South Conference.
- The Blazers fall to 11-6 overall and 5-4 in league play.
West Georgia will stay on the road through the weekend, traveling to Pensacola, Florida on Saturday for a showdown with the West Florida Argonauts. UWG tips off against the Argos on Saturday, January 19 at 3 p.m.