CARROLLTON, Ga. – Ready or not, the start of a new basketball season is just days away, and the West Georgia Wolves women’s team is poised for a hot start to the 2019-20 season.
Tenth-year head coach Scott Groninger has his Wolves ready for another year, looking to improve on last year’s 16-12 finish, and it all gets underway on the road this weekend in Tampa, Florida.
West Georgia will take on Florida Tech on Friday night to open the campaign on a neutral floor on the campus of the University of Tampa. Saturday evening, the Wolves will take on Tampa in a true road game to open the season with two games in two days.
Returning for the Wolves is senior Edley Drawhorn, who is the leading returner in terms of points per game following the graduation of Aysha Harris and Jessica Brown. Drawhorn averaged 7.6 points per game a season ago and was second on the team with 50 assists.
Drawhorn is joined by Ashley Lee as the pair of seniors on Groninger’s 2019-20 squad. Lee averaged 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season and led the team with 19 blocks, ranking seventh in the Gulf South Conference with 0.7 per game.
West Georgia also has a handful of new faces on the floor, with four of those looking to make an impact. Tahya Campbell and Kylah Mize are two JUCO transfers in their first years at UWG while Lanee’ Edwards and Jailyn Shaw are playing their first seasons of collegiate basketball this winter.
This weekend’s games will mark the 30th and 31st meetings between a Sunshine State Conference team with West Georgia going 20-9 all-time against teams from the SSC. Ten of those 29 previous matchups were against Tampa, with the Spartans leading the series 6-4. UWG is 1-0 all-time against Florida Tech, winning the only previous matchup 64-45 in 2008.
Florda Tech’s leading returning scorer is Amanda Allen. The junior was fourth on the team last year, scoring 7.0 points per game on a team that finished 8-20 overall and 4-16 in SSC play.
Tampa poses a big challenge to the Wolves as the Spartans are coming off of a 22-9 campaign and a trip to the NCAA South Region Semifinals. In the South Region Tournament, Tampa upset the GSC’s champion Lee before falling to their own conference rival, Florida Southern.
Dori Nagy returns for the Spartans after averaging nearly a double-double as a sophomore in 2018-19. Nagy scored 14.2 points and pulled down 9.1 rebounds per game last season.
The season tips off Friday evening at 5 p.m. as the Wolves take on Florida Tech at the Bob Martinez Athletic Center in Tampa, Florida. The next day, UWG will take on Tampa on the Spartans’ home floor. Tip-off for Saturday’s game is set for 6 p.m.