CLEVELAND, Tenn. – A slow first quarter didn’t hold the UWG women’s basketball team back as they won their third straight and moved to 2-0 in Gulf South Conference play, defeating Lee 72-63 on the road on Saturday afternoon.
On a day, where it looked like it might not go the Wolves’ way early in the contest, West Georgia clawed their way back and raced to the finish, shooting 57.1 percent from the field in the second half.
West Georgia had three scorers with at least 20 points for the first time in over a decade as seniors Kayla Carter and De’Ashia Jones combined for 42 points with 21 each while Jessica Brown chipped in with 20.
The Wolves erased an abysmal start to the game with a solid second quarter. After starting the game 0-for-6 from the field, the Wolves trailed 24-8 after the opening quarter, West Georgia used an 11-0 run in the second quarter to claw back as they outscored the Flames 20-8 in the second to make it a four point deficit at the break.
Only three Wolves scored in the opening half, as Jessica Brown scored the first six points of the game for West Georgia. Senior Kayla Carter then began to heat up as she finished with 13 first half points while Brown added two more to score eight and De’Ashia Jones chipped in with seven.
For the second straight game, the Wolves came out of the locker room at halftime, and put on a defensive clinic in the second half as on Saturday, West Georgia held a Lee team to 12-of-33 shooting in the second half, and only sent them to the free-throw line three times all day.
After three-quarters of play, the Wolves and Flames were all tied at 48-48, but the Wolves led by 11 fourth quarter points by De’Ashia Jones were able to outscore Lee 24-15 in the final quarter.
Along with the 21 points, Jones just missed a double-double as she finished with eight boards including five offensive rebounds.
Only three other Wolves scored on the day as D’Asia Cain scored five, Aysha Harris added three, and Terrianna Cave scored two.
Overall, UWG improves to 5-2 on the season with win, while the loss drops Lee to 6-2, with a 1-1 record in GSC play. It was the fourth win over the Flames in the brief series history, and the 92nd career win at UWG for head coach Scott Groninger.
UWG is back on the road in their next action, heading to Atlanta in seven days to take on Clark Atlanta on December 9.