PENSACOLA, Fla. – The third time is the charm rang true for the UWG women’s basketball team as the Wolves knocked off the number two seed West Florida Argonauts 48-45 in the opening round of the Gulf South Conference Tournament at the UWF Field House.
West Florida swept the regular season series, winning in Pensacola and in Carrollton, but with the season on the line the Wolves took down UWF by holding the Argos to 24.2 percent from the field.
How It Happened
- The Wolves jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the early going of the game, but by the end of the first quarter, the Argos had cut the deficit to three at 13-10.
- West Georgia led the entire first half, and ended the second quarter on a 7-0 run, grabbing their largest lead of the game on a buzzer beater three-pointer to make it 29-20 at the break.
- A’Kia Harris hit a jumper for the first basket of the third quarter and gave UWG their largest lead of the game at 11.
- After shooting just 17.9 percent from the field in the first half, UWF shot 29.4 percent in the second half, and took their first lead of the game on the final basket of the third quarter as Belle Bistrow scored on a layup to go up 35-34.
- The Wolves outscored UWF 14-10 in the final quarter and it was Jessica Brown that ultimately gave the Wolves the lead at 46-44 with a jumper in the paint.
- Ashley Lee had a key offensive rebound with just over a minute to go that gave UWG another possession and helped the Wolves seal the deal.
- UWG led by three with one second to go, and UWF’s Danielle Norquest had a three to win the game, but missed the shot, giving the Wolves the quarterfinal win.
- Aysha Harris and Jessica Brown led with 11 points each with Brown pulling down 10 rebounds to record her second double-double of the season and the third of her career.
- A’Kia Harris had 10 rebounds as well, giving the senior four straight double digit rebounding performances.
- UWF’s Toni Brewer, who was named GSC Player of the Year on Tuesday, had a game-high 26 points and pulled down 17 rebounds.
West Georgia advances to the semifinals of the GSC Tournament and will now face Lee on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. EST. That game will be played on the campus of Samford University at the Pete Hanna Center in Homewood, Alabama.