PENSACOLA, Fla. – A great game to watch ended in heartbreaking fashion for the UWG women’s basketball team as the Wolves fell 69-68 in overtime to the West Florida Argonauts on Friday night Gulf South Conference action in Pensacola, Fla.
On a night, where the Wolves dominated the paint, scoring 36 points in the post, it was the free-throw woes that loomed large as West Georgia finished the game 56.3 percent from the charity stripe on 9-of-16.
The Wolves got two scorers in double-figures, led by Jessica Brown with 22 and Aysha Harris with 10. In total, nine Wolves scored on the night.
Jessica Brown gave West Georgia their first lead of the game as her three-pointer midway through the first period made it 9-7. Later in the period, Brown hit another long-range shot that put the Wolves up 17-16, but the two teams traded baskets from that point with West Florida leading 20-19 after one quarter of play.
West Georgia and Jessica Brown kept up the hot shooting in the second quarter, as the Wolves ended the half shooting 51.6 percent from the field, and turned the one-point deficit into an eight point lead on Brown’s buzzer beater at the end of the half.
The Argos battled back in the third quarter, taking the lead at 50-49 with 4:13 left in the period, and ended the quarter by cutting the West Georgia lead down to just two with 10 minutes to play.
With 6:10 left in the contest, the Argos reclaimed a 57-55 lead, their first of the final quarter. From there, D’Asia Cain got the Wolves the answer with a three-pointer to regain the lead with 4:20 to go.
An Aysha Harris layup with 1:54 left in the game made it a 62-59 UWG lead, and that’s how it stayed until late in the half. The Wolves forced two missed Argo three-pointers and had the ball with 2.2 seconds left when Halee Niemann stole the ensuing inbound pass and nailed a three to send it to overtime.
Ultimately the Argos outscored the Wolves 7-6 in the overtime period, and got a big three-pointer from Shami Goodman with 1:02 left in overtime. Aysha Harris got a big steal with the Wolves down by one, but the junior could not get the ball to drop as time expired.
A’Kia Harris just missed a third-straight double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds. Aysha Harris had five steals and four assists for the Wolves.
The loss drops the Wolves to 10-7 overall and 6-4 in league play. The Argos are now 11-6 and draw even with UWG at 6-4 in GSC play.
West Georgia continues their road trip on Sunday, taking on Valdosta State at 2 p.m. at The Complex in Valdosta.