CLEVELAND, Miss. – It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but the UWG women’s basketball team stuck to the fundamentals of basketball to pull out a huge 55-46 road win over the Delta State Lady Statesmen at Sillers Coliseum on Thursday night.
On a night where West Georgia shot just 30.8 percent from the field, the Wolves used solid rebounding and excellent free throw shooting as the Wolves won the 100th career game at West Georgia for head coach Scott Groninger.
The Wolves got 55 total rebounds on the night, including 20 on the offensive end while the Lady Statesmen got just 39 total rebounds. UWG used their 20 offensive rebounds into 22 second chance points. At the charity stripe, West Georgia shot 85.7 percent going 12-of-14.
It was a close game all night as there eight ties and a total of 10 lead changes in the contest.
Things got off to a slow start for both teams in the opening quarter, but the Lady Statesmen closed out the first period on a 6-0 run to take a 15-9 advantage.
West Georgia clawed their way back and tied things up at 16-16 on a pair of Kayla Carter free throws, and then took a three-point lead on a trey from D’Asia Cain at the 6:11 mark of the half. A De’Ashia Jones free throw late in the period put West Georgia up by a point, and it looked like the Wolves would lead at the break, but DSU got a buzzer-beater from Alondrea Rush to take a two-point, 28-26 lead at halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, De’Ashia Jones used an old-fashioned three point play to stretch the lead to four at 38-34. Delta State battled back and cut the deficit to one before the end of the third quarter.
The final period was all West Georgia as the Wolves outscored DSU 15-7 over the final ten minutes. With 3:52 left in the game, A’Kia Harris hit a pair of free throws that put the Wolves up by their largest margin of the game at 49-39.
Twice the Statesmen would cut it back to seven but it was Aysha Harris and Jessica Brown who got clutch baskets on the following possessions to preserve a big win for the Wolves.
Brown led the Wolves on the night with 13 points while A’Kia Harris added 10 in the win. On the glass, De’Ashia Jones grabbed 10 boards, with Brown pulling down nine while A’Kia Harris and D’Asia Cain each had eight.
West Georgia improves to 12-9 overall with the win, and moves to 8-6 in Gulf South Conference play. DSU goes to 8-12 overall and 6-8 in league play.
The road trip continues on Saturday as the Wolves take on Mississippi College at 3 p.m. EST from A.E. Wood Coliseum in Clinton, Mississippi.