CARROLLTON, Ga. – Three Wolves scored in double figures as the UWG women’s basketball team rebounded with a 76-52 thumping of South Region foe Fort Valley State on Tuesday evening in The Coliseum.
As she has all season, senior guard Kayla Carter led the offensive effort for the Wolves, but was joined by Jayda Dooley and Madison Wilder who came off the bench to score in double-figures, both career highs. Dooley finished with 13, while Wilder hit a trio of long-range three pointers to finish with 11.
Neither team got off to a necessarily hot start as it took nearly five minutes into the game for either team to hit a field goal as Aysha Harris hit a layup after a FVSU turnover at the 5:33 mark of the first period.
The Wolves’ defense held the Wildcats to just five points in the opening quarter, but unfortunately the West Georgia offense was off to a rough start as well, shooting just 20 percent from the field in the first quarter to lead 11-5 after ten minutes of play.
It was a better second quarter for both teams, but the Wolves were able to stretch their lead to 15 at the break, scoring 11 points on turnovers in the half, and leading 31-16 at the break.
One night after blowing a late, double-digit lead, the Wolves kept the foot on the gas pedal as West Georgia came out on all cylinders in the second half, shooting 69.2 percent from the field in the second half, including 57.1 percent on 4-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.
The defensive effort was solid all-around for the Wolves as UWG held the Wildcats to just 29.9 percent shooting on the night, and blocked nine shots on the night, with seven of those coming from redshirt freshman Jayda Dooley, who set The Coliseum’s record for single-game blocks on the night.
Dooley, had a fantastic night, as she finished with the 13 points and just missed a double-double as she finished with nine rebounds, including five offensive boards. The Marietta native also had a pair of steals in the win. Dooley was equally impressive at the free-throw line, calmly knocking down 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Wilder, a native of Rome, finished with the 11 points, and chipped in with seven rebounds and three assists.
Aysha Harris added nine points, while Jessica Brown and Terrianna Cave each had eight.
D’Asia Cain grabbed seven rebounds which tied for second on the suad.
The win improves West Georgia to 3-2 prior to the Thanksgiving break, while Fort Valley remains winless at 0-6.
West Georgia next plays on November 30, when the Wolves travel to Rome, GA to take on in-state rival Shorter at the Winthrop-King Centre.